Designer Night at the Races #43 – Hyundai/Kia Roars Back

Yesterday’s post channeled Douglas Adams, today its Richard Petty as the 43rd Designer Night at the Races™ races into the history books.   The track in Irvine is tighter and a bit slower, but no less fun as another 20+ racers decided to test their skills on the kart tracks of Southern California.  All for charity.  Yes, while these events appear to be about ego, they are really more about Competition, Camaraderie and Charity.

DSCN0182The past few years of these events have moved between various charities, however the recent theme has been to battle cancer.  For 2015 Designer Night at the Races™ is partnering with the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.  If your family has ever been affected by cancer, you know one of the most difficult parts is that you have to have a team of doctors and experts to manage the process.  And those doctors typically are located all over town, so the patient has to travel from appointment to appointment, all the while feeling less than 100%.  The Mercy Health Center features a multidisciplinary approach, where all the key experts are located onsite and a patient can see everyone at once in a single location.  I want to give a personal thanks to everyone who has contributed at one of our events – lets keep having fun and racing to beat cancer!


On night two Hyundai and Kia teamed up to dominate the results.  15 Designers and modelers joined their management to lay waste to the record sheets.


The first race of the evening was the C-Main.  It was nice to see a sponsor take home a podium finish as Plastic Plate took home a third thanks to Oliver Aheimer.  Ji-Joon Seol of Hyundai was 2nd but neither was a match for Paul Livett of Kia who managed a 14 second cushion as he took home the top prize.


C-Main WInner Paul Livett of Kia


C Main:  2nd place Ji-Hoon Seol of Hyundai, 1st place Paul Livett of Kia and 3rd place Oliver Aheimer of Plastic Plate

The B-Main race started with the pole sitter turned around backwards and looking at the rest of the field when the green flag dropped (name withheld to protect his ego).  This mixed up the field and the finishing order had nothing to do with lap times or qualifying positions.  Zach Domitrz from Lacks Trim Systems came across the line in 3rd right behind Kieuk Kim of Hyundai.  Adriano Raeli of Kia was the winner with a best lap time that would have put him at the front of the A-Main.


Your B-Main winner Adriano Raeli of Kia flanked by Jessica and Noreen 


B-Main: Kim Kieuk of Hyunday 2nd, Adriano Raeli of Kia 1st and Zach Domitrz of Lacks 3rd

The A-Main was the closest race of the week so far as less than 1 second separated the top 4 places.  Soomin Choe of Hyundai set the fastest lap of the evening with a 24.288  on his way to a 3rd place finish.  Brandon Smisek of Hyundai was 0.004 seconds ahead of him to take the 2nd place position.  The winner, Kurt Kahl of Kia was a half second ahead as he won the race from the pole.

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A-Main winner Kurt Kahl doesn’t look too pleased


A-Main Podium; 2nd Brandon SMisek/Kia, 1st Kurt Jahl/Kia and 3rd Soomin Choe/Hyundai

For the Irvine event, the team from Purple Platypus joined the festivities to support the southern California design studios and Mercy Health Cancer Center.


Points after two nights are as follows:

Top Second Attendence TOTAL
Hyundai/Kia 25 18 15 58
Honda 25 18 14 57
Tesla 15 12 4 31
ICON 10 8 4 22
Toyota 0 0 0 0

DSCN0210Thanks again to my awesome staff Alison, Noreen, and Jessica for making these events fun along with Autodesk, Plastic Plate, Purple Platypus and Lacks Enterprises for making them possible.

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You can find pictures of the event here.

And come back tomorrow for an update from the Carlsbad Event and to find out who won the Fastest Studio in the West!

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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