Fresh From Florida 200 Kia Motors Racing Recap Report Now that we've had a chance to catch our breath I would like to share with you our feelings about the race we just competed in at Daytona Speedway. In no particular order here are our ...
Fresh From Florida 200 Kia Motors Racing Recap Report
Now that we've had a chance to catch our breath I would like to share with you our feelings about the race we just competed in at Daytona Speedway. In no particular order here are our thoughts.
* It's great to be back in the racing community and experience the camaraderie that racing brings.
* Our cars looked great and many fans, officials and competitors stopped by to tell us so.
* Our team down to the last person responsible to getting the team's logistics handled had so much enthusiasm for this project that it was palpable.
* It's uncanny but the personality of the team and its collective members including the drivers is very similar to our PR team. We all hit it off from the very beginning and that synergy will pay off as we get to know one another better.
* We showed up to the track with two racecars. Car #10 was completed the Tuesday before the race and was untested. Daytona was to be its test. Car #12 was the one we were hoping we show us what kind of package we had and it did so quite handsomely.
* We learned a lot from our effort at Daytona and from the drivers' comments.
o According to our drivers the cars were one of the most stable platforms they collectively have driven at Daytona.
o We knew going in that our gear package was not what we wanted for Daytona but we hit the top end speed we needed to... it just took longer than we wanted.
o Our engine is stout and reliable. The problems the #10 car had were related to an electrical issue in the throttle system and ultimately contributed to its DNF.
o Losing a hood at the end of the main straight can be quite exciting for all. SPEED TV tells us they captured the whole episode on our roof camera. Makes us wonder how many people will be diving off their couches when the segment roles later this month.
o We have a package that is further along than we could have wished. All thanks to the Herculean efforts of Kinetic Motorsports.
* Car #10 DNF'd after starting 33 and car #12 finished in 19th after starting 31. Not a bad effort at all for a manufacturer getting its feet wet in a highly competitive racing series.
* Here's hoping we do better at Homestead.
-source: kia motors racing