SCC: Homestead: Kia Motors Racing preview

The second race in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series is upon us and Kia is ready to hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Between races the team has been busy applying lessons learned from Daytona as they continue with the ...

The second race in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series is upon us and Kia is ready to hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Between races the team has been busy applying lessons learned from Daytona as they continue with the development of the Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups. From changing the hood latch mechanism (made for great TV in Daytona but we acquiesced to Nic's wishes and made a change) to development work on the chassis tuning and more.

Car #10 now has several hours of track time on it and we've worked through shifter problems seen first in Daytona and then again during on-track testing. Platform stability has also been worked on, and Nic and Andy report they have the suspension tuning to where they want it for Miami. The same modifications will be applied to car #12 and Adam and Trevor should have another solid run.

Our engine development is a work in process and we go into Miami knowing we aren't where we want to be as far as total power, but do feel we are heading in the right direction and as we get deeper into the season the team is confident we'll be moving up the grid. For now our focus is on learning.

I had an opportunity to stop by Kinetic Motorsports last week as we prepared for the grand opening of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, our first auto manufacturing plant in North America. While meeting with the team principles and key personnel, Russell Smith, co-owner of Kinetic Motorsports along with Nic Jonsson said something that really hit home for me. He said, "Kia doesn't have a racing DNA and that's what we are creating with this development effort. We have to learn everything by ourselves, effectively writing the book on how to make a Kia perform on the track."

Providing that perspective helps me understand just how significant our top 20 finish was at the Fresh From Florida 200 in Daytona and how no matter where we finish in Miami we'll have learned more, added to our motorsports DNA and completed another chapter in our young but exciting racing heritage.

-source: kia motors

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