Jetta Cup: Volkswagen mid-season update 2008-08-28

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Season Mid-Season Update HERNDON, Va. (Aug. 28, 2008) -- The Jetta TDI Cup may be halfway through the season, but the competition is only getting started. After winning at Mosport International Raceway and...

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Season Mid-Season Update

HERNDON, Va. (Aug. 28, 2008) -- The Jetta TDI Cup may be halfway through the season, but the competition is only getting started. After winning at Mosport International Raceway and consistently placing in the top six, David Jurca, 22, of Federal Way, Wash., leads the Jetta TDI Cup standings by a mere seven points, but with four more races in the season the contest is still wide open.

"The first half of this series has been nothing short of exhilarating with a different winner at each race demonstrating the parity in the series," said Clark Campbell, motorsport manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "The drivers are becoming more comfortable with the cars and are learning the benefits of racing a TDI clean diesel engine equipped with a DSG transmission. I think there is still room for some surprises from these young drivers in the second half of the season."

"The first four races in the clean-diesel series, the first of its kind in the United States, have been seen by more than 55,000spectators and fans," said Campbell. "The response we've had at every race has been great -- our drivers are competitive on the track and the Jetta TDIs are drawing interest from fans who are amazed at how quiet, yet fast, the cars actually are."

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series features 30 up-and-coming drivers, ages 16 to 26, driving factory managed 2009 Jetta TDIs, with the goal to find the driver with the most talent and help them break into the world of professional motorsports.

Races have taken place at VIRginia International Raceway, Mosport International Raceway, Portland International Raceway and Lime Rock Park, after the driver selection that took place at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. The Jetta TDI Cup series, the first all clean-diesel race series, is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing Inc. Sponsors for the race include: Aggreko, Athlete's Performance, Bondurant, Bosch, ful®, Holder, Hoopla, Ironclad, Kyosho, Oakley, RedBull, UTI and ViON.

-credit: volkswagen

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