May 28, 2011 - LAKEVILLE, CONNECTICUT...After qualifying Tenth for the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park, Nic Jönsson and Michael Galati drove their #10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to Top 5 finish in the Street Tuner (ST) race. After trying out a different pit strategy that ultimately cost the car a few track positions, the drivers were able to move the car forward and into fifth place. Although the team felt that, if given a few more laps they would have been podium contenders, they were very pleased with the results.
The Kia sister car, however, did not have the strong finish they were hoping for at the home track of its' two drivers. Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood's #12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup had trouble early on in the race. Trevor Hopwood qualified the car in the fifth spot, and both he and Burrows were ready to take the car to the podium. However, during Hopwood's stint he went off track and had to pit with damage to the car. The pit stop lasted over twenty minutes. They went back out with Adam Burrows behind the wheel. After only turning a few laps, Burrows had to bring the car back in with major issues with the Brakes and steering, which caused the team to park the car for the remainder of the race. The Kinetic engineers and management decided it was better to save the car from further damage since the next race at Watkins Glen is just next week. Although it was a disappointing finish for the #12, the #10 car was able to show off the Kia name with its' Top 5 result and added points towards the manufacturer's championship quest.
Nic Jönsson, driver, #10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup: "Today's top five finish was awesome, but I think today's run was not the greatest. Our strategy today was a little different. We decided to go with only one pit stop, which I don't think worked out as well as we had hoped. We had to do fuel, tires, and the driver change on our only stop when everybody else had already come in for fuel and tires. That caused us to go from second to fourteenth, so we had to work really hard to get back into the Top 5. If we had another five or six laps, I think we would have been able to get closer, if not on, the podium, because a lot of the guys in front of us had their tires really going off. We gained a lot of points in the Manufacturer's Championship, which was the goal for this weekend, so I'm pretty pleased with the top five and the car in one piece."