CAR & DRIVER EXECUTIVE EDITOR TO COMPETE IN VOLKSWAGEN JETTA TDI CUP RACE AT MID-OHIO HERNDON, Va. (June 17, 2009) -- When the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round 4 of the season, the drivers will be joined by...
CAR & DRIVER EXECUTIVE EDITOR TO COMPETE IN VOLKSWAGEN JETTA TDI CUP RACE AT MID-OHIO
HERNDON, Va. (June 17, 2009) -- When the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round 4 of the season, the drivers will be joined by Car & Driver Executive Editor, Mark Gillies. He will compete as a guest driver in the event, participating in all of the weekend's activities at the Lexington, Ohio circuit, including the race on June 21 at 11 am ET.
Gilles has served as the Executive Editor of the magazine for three and a half years. Prior to that, he held the same position at Automobile magazine for just over 10 years and also worked at several automotive and racing publications in the United Kingdom. Gilles also is no stranger to motorsports. He began competing in 1982 and has raced at legendary circuits such as Daytona and Silverstone.
"I've competed in more than 300 races on different levels, but this will only be the second time I've piloted a front-wheel drive car on a race track. I've also never driven the Jetta TDI, so to be able to get behind the wheel on a track is going to be a blast for me," Gillies said. "I've also had the opportunity to compete at Mid-Ohio on several occasions in the past, and it's one of my favorite circuits in North America. I know this series has many up-and-coming drivers with experience in these cars, so I'm just looking to get a sense of the car, run a respectable race and have fun."
The 2009 season marks the second year of competition for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, which is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. During the season, young, up and coming drivers (between ages 16-26) will compete in 10 events on eight road courses around North America in identical factory-prepared clean diesel Jetta TDI's powered by Syndiesel0x00ae B5 blended biodiesel fuel. Each driver competing in the series will earn a Pro Racing license from SCCA at the conclusion of the season. In addition to more than $50,000 in prize money at stake during the season, the series champion will win $100,000.
The Jetta TDI Cup car is powered by a 2.0-liter, 170 hp, four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine mated to a six-speed, double-clutch, automatic DSG transmission. The car is only slightly modified from stock with Pirelli racing tires, race suspension and brake components, drivers racing safety seat, FIA roll cage and an on-board fire extinguisher system. Series sponsors include: Pirelli, Bosch, ViON, Castrol, Oakley, Red Bull, HYPERFUELS, Aggreko, defNder, Lamin-X, Meguiar's, Sherwin-Williams, Chicagoland VW, Safety-Kleen, Ringer Gloves, Jim Russell Racing School and Trellis Earth.