Kia Racing’s driver Kyle Keenan continues dominating the SCCA B-Spec National Champion with his Rio Hatchback

Kia Racing’s driver Kyle Keenan continues dominating the SCCA B-Spec National Champion with his Rio Hatchback

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Defending Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) B-Spec National Champion, Kyle Keenan of Vancouver, Washington, continued his dominance last weekend as he piloted his No. 44 Kia Rio 5-door to a pair of wins at the SCCA Western Conference Majors at Portland International Raceway (PIR).  Standing atop the podium has become an increasingly common result for both Keenan and Kia, and builds on the momentum gained in 2014 when every Kia model that raced in 2014 won a National Championship in its respective series and class:  Rio 5-door in the SCCA Runoffs; Forte Koup in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Touring Car A (TCA) class; and the factory-backed Optimas in the PWC Grand Touring Sport (GTS) class.

“From grassroots efforts like Kyle Keenan in his Rio, to our factory-backed Optima program in the Pirelli World Challenge, the rapid progression of the Kia Racing program is an important element in the historic growth in both stature and sales our brand has achieved in the U.S. market,” said Tim Chaney, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America (KMA).  “Each Kia model is not only competing, but winning against well-established and well-known manufacturers who have been racing much longer, and racers and consumers alike have definitely taken notice.”

Keenan’s success behind the wheel of his No. 44 Rio 5-door in 2014 earned him RACER Magazine’s prestigious “Club RACER of the Year” award following his SCCA Runoffs National Championship.  Looking ahead, Keenan will defend his B-Spec title at the 2015 SCCA Runoffs later this year at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Race fans can keep up-to-date with the Kia Racing team via the Kia Motors America Facebook and Instagram pages, and on Twitter @Kia.

KIA RACING Scores Back-to-Back Podium Finishes In Rounds Five And Six Of Pirelli World Challenge At Barber Motorsports Park

KIA RACING Scores Back-to-Back Podium Finishes In Rounds Five And Six Of Pirelli World Challenge At Barber Motorsports Park

KIA RACING Scores Back-to-Back Podium Finishes In Rounds Five And Six Of Pirelli World Challenge At Barber Motorsports Park

Kia Racing’s highly-anticipated return home to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, did not disappoint as the team scored a pair of hard-fought podium finishes in rounds five and six of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC).  The double podium moves Kia Racing drivers Ben Clucas, in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima turbo, and Mark Wilkins, in the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo, into sixth and seventh, respectively, in the GTS Driver Championship standings.

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Kia Racing Optimas Return To Birthplace For Rounds Five And Six Of PWC To Barber Motorsports Park

Kia Racing Optimas Return To Birthplace For Rounds Five And Six Of PWC To Barber Motorsports Park

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Proudly assembled on the state-of-the-art production line at nearby Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia, Kia Racing’s No. 36 DonorsChoose.org and No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbos return to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, just 120 miles from where they were originally built.  (more…)

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