Is This The First-Ever Kia Race Car?

The Kinetic Group has built a Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge car out of a 2010 Forte Koup. Andy Lally and Nic Jönsson are signed on to drive it. A Korean manufacturer in professional touring car racing? Has this happened before?

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Frankly, we're not sure, and we couldn't find anyone on the show floor who could tell us. If someone has an answer, feel free to drop us a line. Until then, have some race-car porn. (Attention, guys at Kinetic: You should probably connect the brake ducts to something.)

Update: As we suspected, this isn't the first competition Kia. The Korean marque's cars have run in the WRC, SCCA Pro Rally, and as touring cars in Europe. Thanks for the help, everyone!