After six months of precise tuning and testing for the upcoming 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tyre Sports Car Challenge season, Kia will present publicly its two racing Forte Koups at the ‘Fresh From Florida 200' competition at Daytona International Speedway on January 29.

Boasting a remarkable performance-inspired styling and outstanding driving dynamics, the two race Forte Koups are developed by Kia Motors America in cooperation with Kinetic Group. The newly race transformed vehicles are aimed to campaign in the GRAND-AM's Street Tuner (ST) class, which utilizes production-based race cars from the U.S., Europe and Asia. The two-door, front-wheel-drive race cars benefit from the Forte Koup stock 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder power unit.

The No. 10 car will be co-driven by Andy Lally and Nic Jonsson, while the No. 12 car will be piloted by the 2007 GRAND-AM ST champions Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows.

"From the moment we announced KMA was getting into racing we believed the Forte Koup would be a strong competitor in GRAND-AM, and the feedback we've received from Kinetic and Andy Lally and Nic Jonsson after their initial testing reinforces that belief," said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing, KMA.

"Consumers have come to recognise the Kia brand for attractively designed and priced vehicles that are fuel efficient and have a long list of standard features, and we are looking forward to introducing Forte Koup and the Kia brand to a new audience of auto racing fans throughout the Continental Tyre Sports Car Challenge season" he added.

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