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?

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!