TWO GUEST DRIVERS TO COMPETE IN THE FINAL VOLKSWAGEN JETTA TDI CUP RACE OF 2009 AT ROAD ATLANTA Guests include Aerosmith guitarist and a motorsports journalist HERNDON, Va. (September 24, 2009) -- After nine races on seven different circuits,...
TWO GUEST DRIVERS TO COMPETE IN THE FINAL VOLKSWAGEN JETTA TDI CUP RACE
OF 2009 AT ROAD ATLANTA
Guests include Aerosmith guitarist and a motorsports journalist
HERNDON, Va. (September 24, 2009) -- After nine races on seven different circuits, the SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series is entering its final contest of the 2009 season this weekend at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. When the 23 series regulars take to the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course for the race that will decide the Championship, they will be joined by two guest drivers including Aerosmith guitarist, Brad Whitford, and motorsports journalist Jeremy Shaw.
The pair will compete alongside the other drivers in all track activities this weekend beginning with practice on Friday at 8:15 a.m. ET and concluding with the race on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. Both Whitford and Shaw have motorsports backgrounds and are excited to be racing this weekend in the country's only clean diesel motorsports series.
"I attended the Petit Le Mans race weekend last year, so I was able to get a feel for the Jetta TDI Cup during its first season," Whitford said. "This will be a totally different experience for me, though. It's going to be a lot of fun to be on the other side of the fence, and I'll definitely have a much better view of the race. There are some talented drivers in this series, so hopefully I'll be able to learn a few things from them when I get behind the wheel this weekend."
About the guest drivers:
Jeremy Shaw -- Shaw was born in Macclesfield, England and resides in Santa Margarita, California. He has been a motorsports writer and broadcaster since 1974 and is a regular contributor to several publications around the world, including the industry-leading British weekly, Autosport. He also is the motorsport editor for OnCars.com and a member of the American Le Mans Series Radio broadcast team. In 1990, Shaw founded the Team USA Scholarship program to assist young American drivers in the formative stages of their careers. Past winners include Jimmy Vasser (1990 winner), Bryan Herta (1991), Jerry Nadeau (1993/1996), Memo Gidley (1995), Buddy Rice (1997) and A.J. Allmendinger (2001). In addition, he has been behind the wheel in SCCA, Vintage Formula Ford and F2000 races.
Brad Whitford -- Whitford is a Winchester, Massachusetts native and the lead and rhythm guitarist for Aerosmith, the best selling American hard rock band of all time. He attended the Berklee College of Music before joining the band in 1971. Whitford's talents aren't only limited to the studio or the stage. He's also an avid, amateur racecar driver. He has attended numerous driving schools including the Skip Barber Racing School, Panoz Racing School and Derek Daly Performance Driving Academy and is part owner of F1 Boston, an indoor karting facility. Whitford now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, and actively competes in club races at Palmetto Motorsports Club.
About the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup
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, driver's 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.