Numbers 36 and 38 are the ones to watch for this season in the Pirelli World Challenge series. Kia Racing’s Mark Wilkins and new team member Ben Clucas are racing to defend the organization’s title as winner of last year’s Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championship.
Since last season ended, Kia’s turbocharged Optimas spent quite a bit of time in the shop where they were completely rebuilt by Kia Racing’s partner, Kinetic Motorsports. Now decked with a new livery and prepared to dazzle with enhanced insides, the dynamic duo returned to the track on March 7th and 8th for their first race of the season in Austin, Texas.
“2015 marks our fourth season competing in the Pirelli World Challenge. In that time, the series has grown dramatically and so, too, has the level of competition, so the team has their work cut out for them in defending the Manufacturer Championship,” said Kia Motors America executive vice president of sales and marketing, Michael Sprague.
“But Kia entered motorsports to showcase the quality, reliability and performance of our cars, and we’ve never shied away from a challenge. The team has worked tirelessly over the winter to maximize the Optima platform, and we look forward to an exciting season.”
The No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo was driven by veteran Wilkins in his fourth season racing the sedan, and the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima turbo was driven by Clucas in his Kia Racing debut.
We at Kia of Augusta will continue to follow the Kia Racing team throughout the season. Hopefully, we’ll be announcing them two-time Manufacturer Champions in the Pirelli World Challenge series.