Kia Racing Scores Thrilling Pirelli World Challenge Victory At Miller Motorsports Park
"This win was huge for Kia and for Kinetic Motorsports. The Optima has always been fast, but we've been working hard this year with different car setups and race strategy, all in an effort to manage our front tire wear so we have enough traction left at the end of the race to battle with the Porsches, Mustangs and Camaros," said Wilkins, who set a new GTS lap record at MMP during qualifying with a 1:56.620 time and an average speed of 94.090 mph around the three-mile-long circuit. "I'm not sure I could've held Jack (Baldwin) off another lap. I knew he'd be strong at the end of the race like he always is, but we had just enough today to get the Optima back into victory circle where it belongs."
Kia Racing teammate Ben Clucas, in the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima turbo, started Saturday's round 13 alongside Wilkins, making it an all-Kia front row as the GTS field took the green flag. Clucas battled mightily throughout the race and eventually crossed the line in fourth place for a solid top-five result.