Burrows and Hopwood Have Strong Start in Kia 200

Burrows and Hopwood Have Strong Start in Kia 200 Before Getting Spun

Contact: Matt Cleary, Sunday Group Management
(317) 908-2975-Mobile

Homestead, FL (5 March 2011)– It is one thing to mess something up on your own. But when folks go out and put on amateur hour and ruin your day, it can be frustrating.

For the second consecutive race, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood had their chances of success compromised with some sloppy driving by their fellow competitors.

At Daytona, a slam-from-behind in practice saw the Kinetic race effort slowed for the weekend, causing an issue that forced an extra pit stop at race time, compromising the result for the No. 12 machine. However, there was still a serious silver lining in the form of a podium for the sister Kia machine as Burrows helped as a drafting partner.

With scores of Kia guests on site as part of the Kia 200 race event at Homestead Miami Speedway and with the Kia Optima Turbo making a Pace Car Debut, hopes were high as as Burrows started the race from seventh on the grid. At the drop of the green, he moved up to run in the top five and flirt with a podium position.

Unfortunately, the race changed dramatically as Burrows was running in a straight line headed to turn seven, only to get turned sideways and spun off the track at high speed after getting hit from behind by an inexperienced competitor. The damage was severe enough to force a pit stop that despite some typically fast work from the Kinetic crew, required several laps worth of repair work before taking back to the track.

“We had a great Kia Forte Koup today and I can’t even begin to say how disappointed I am to get hit from behind and spun on a straightway,” said Burrows. “I guess the APR guys can’t really handle all that horsepower. The worst thing about it is that the car was so fantastic. I was running in the top five and just pacing myself in the early laps, trying to save the tires as much as I could. We really wanted to bring the Kia Motors guests a good result today and we absolutely had the car to do that. The next race at Barber is close to the Kia factory in West Point so we’ll look to make up for this disappointment with a good finish there.”

“We definitely had a strong car today, and I have no question that we’d have been fighting in the top five if Adam hadn’t been hit,” said Hopwood. “We were running times close to the leader even late in the race after the car sustained the damage from the hit. I at least had a blast before the race when we got to give hot laps to VIP’s in the Kia Optima Turbo Pace Car, so at least the day started off on the right foot–hopefully we can avoid getting hit from behind at Barber because we’ve started the year off with that happening twice and it’s so frustrating to have that happen when the car is so competitive like it has been. On to Barber!”

SPEED set to broadcast the race March 19th at 2:00 PM ET.

PR inquiries about Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood should be directed to Matt Cleary at Sunday Group Management; 317.908.2975 (mobile) or media@ sundaymanagement.com

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You can also follow the teams progress at www.facebook.com/kiaracing.


Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
317.908.2975 (m)

Based in Indianapolis, Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm.

Sunday Group Management works with clients in a variety of motorsports categories, including NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger, Riley Technologies, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series organization Michael Shank Racing, Continental Tire, and several teams and drivers in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

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