• 10-APR-2014

  • SOURCE: Kia Motors America

Kia Racing Treks West for Round Three of the Pirelli World Challenge on the Streets of Long Beach

With both turbocharged Kia Racing Optimas having scored hard-fought top-ten finishes at the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Kia Racing team had just three days in their Buford, Ga., shop to prepare the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org and No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. machines before making the long haul west to another ocean-side street circuit, this time the legendary 1.968-mile, 11-turn concrete canyon in Long Beach, Calif. For the second consecutive year, Kia Motors America (KMA) is the presenting sponsor of the "Roar by the Shore" and will host over 200 KMA team members from the company's U.S. headquarters in nearby Irvine, Calif.

"Kia's involvement in motorsports helps demonstrate the quality, durability and performance of our vehicles, highlighting the turbocharged Optima and enhancing our brand reputation among customers, dealers, KMA team members and fans," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing, KMA. "We're thrilled to welcome the Kia Racing team back to Southern California, and with our U.S. headquarters less than 30 miles down the road from Long Beach, you can be sure that we'll have a large and enthusiastic cheering section on hand at the race."

2014 marks the third trip for Kia Racing to Long Beach, an annual cross-country trek that also provides the occasion for a visit by the team to KMA's corporate offices in Irvine, Calif., to sign autographs and meet their biggest fans.

Round 3 of the PWC takes place on Sunday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. PT. Tape delayed television coverage on NBC Sports Network takes place on Sunday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Race fans can watch live coverage of the races online at www.world-challengetv.com and catch the latest news and updates from the Kia Racing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kiaracing and follow the team on Twitter: @KiaRacing.