We are excited for another round of the Pirelli World Challenge(PWC) race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama not too farm from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) where the Optima cars were made.
Last week Nic Jönsson did an excellent job taking a victory at the Long Beach circuit in California and Mark Wilkins scoring a third place couple laps before the race ends.
Today the Kinetic Motorsports group is planning to take another podium at Alabama with the presence of 200 Kia team members in which some had some participation on building those Optima Turbos.
Yesterday both drivers had their Qualifying race, Nic Jönsson with his Optima No. 36 DonorsChoose.org will start second and Mark Wilkins with his Optima No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. will start third on the GTS class making their best laps at 1:32.135 and 1:32.167, respectably.
This will be a debut for these 2 new Optima Turbos here at the Barber Motorsports Park, but that doesn’t end there. Today 2 more Kias will make their debut at PWC, and those are the new 2014 Kia Koup; powered by the 1.6L Gamma GDi turbo engine. The drivers behind the wheel will be Jason Wolfe with his No. 36 Richard Wolfe Trucking Forte Koup and the team owner of Kinetic Motorsports, Russell Smith, with his No. 38 Korean Air Kinetic Motorsports Forte Koup at the Touring Car A (TC-A).
Yesterday Qualifying times were 01:43.654 by Jason and 01:44.464 by Russell giving them the start position of 3rd and 5th in their class.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast Round 3 today at 4pm. Also you can watch this race online at www.world-challengetv.com or you can follow us on Facebook or twitter for quick updates of the race.