Mobley Wins Round 9 of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in Mexico Five Drivers Within 25 Points Heading into Tomorrow's Finale PUEBLA, Mexico (September 25, 2010) -- After yesterday's qualifying session at Autodromo Internacional Miguel E.
Mobley Wins Round 9 of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in Mexico
Five Drivers Within 25 Points Heading into Tomorrow's Finale
PUEBLA, Mexico (September 25, 2010) -- After yesterday's qualifying session at Autodromo Internacional Miguel E. Abed in Amozoc, Mexico, pole winner JD Mobley said that he knew he had to give it everything he had and leave it all out on the track. The Castle Rock, CO native did just that today as he led Round 9 wire-to-wire to claim his first career Jetta TDI Cup victory. Mobley arrived in Mexico in fifth place in the Championship point standings and was 44 points behind leader Jarvis Gennari. After today's commanding win, Mobley has trimmed Gennari's lead to just ten points (after today's event, Gennari retains the lead in the Championship with 293 points). Mobley will be starting on pole tomorrow as well, which definitely will put even more pressure on Gennari.
"Today just couldn't have gone any smoother," said Mobley after the race. "I knew I needed to be perfect this weekend and so far I'm accomplishing what I need to. Not only did I earn my first career Jetta TDI Cup victory this afternoon, but I also closed the gap in the standings to ten points. I couldn't ask for a better scenario heading into tomorrow's race -- I led wire-to-wire today and I'm starting on the pole. I'm just going to go out there, stay patient and hopefully I will be able to clinch the title."
Puebla native, Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle, finished second in today's race and as a result sits just 11 points out of first place in the point standings with 282 points. Ryan Ellis, winner of Rounds 1 & 2 earlier this season finished third, Chris Wehrheim finished fourth and Jake Thompson rounds out the top-five.
There are just 25 points separating first through fifth place in the Championship standings heading into tomorrow's season-finale in Amozoc, which is located just east of the city of Puebla, home of the Volkswagen production facility where the Jetta TDI Cup racecars were fabricated. Gennari will look to defend his lead in the Championship, but he'll have to keep his eye in the rearview as Mobley and Sierra Lendle aren't the only ones within striking distance; Jake Thompson sits in fourth place with 274 points and series rookie, Wyatt Gooden is in fifth with 268 points. The 2010 Championship will most definitely come down to the final lap and it's anybody's guess who will climb to the top once the checkered flag drops.
Not only is Gennari leading the Championship point standings, but he's also leading the Rookie standings as well; and with a successful campaign tomorrow he could capture both titles. Gooden is second in the rookie standings, followed by Arie Ouimet (in sixth place in the Championship standings), Kevin Gleason (seventh in the Championship standings) and Michael Hogg (eleventh in the Championship standings).
Round 10 of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup will begin tomorrow at 1:25 pm CT.
Jetta TDI Cup News & Notes:
Qualifying for Round 10
As if the win today wasn't enough, JD Mobley also turned in his second pole-winning performance during this morning's qualifying session for the final round of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup taking place tomorrow. Mobley improved on his pole speed from yesterday's session by over a second with a lap of 1:48.084. Wyatt Gooden qualified second after turning a lap of 1:48.541 and Kevin Gleason rounds out the top-three after recording a lap of 1:48.840. Mexico native, Juan Pablo Delgado qualified fourth (turning a lap of 1:48.842) and Ryan Ellis rounds out the top five with a lap of 148.984.
Guest Drivers Join the Field in Puebla
All three of the guest drivers in this weekend's Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup events are seasoned professional racecar drivers. Fernando Acosta, a Volkswagen Mexico factory driver who won the 24 Hours of Mexico last year behind the wheel of a Volkswagen, was the highest-finishing guest driver this afternoon after he turned in a 22nd place performance. Another Volkswagen Mexico factory driver, Leslie Gonzalez, finished 25th and British Formula Ford driver, Daniel Domit brought his Jetta TDI Cup car home in 26th place.