Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Heads to Utah For Second Appearance in Tooele Series Moves to Challenging East Course News & Notes: Volkswagen Motorsports Manager, Campbell, on the 2010 Season to date "I'm very pleased with the level of competition...
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Heads to Utah
For Second Appearance in Tooele
Series Moves to Challenging East Course
News & Notes:
Volkswagen Motorsports Manager, Campbell, on the 2010 Season to date
"I'm very pleased with the level of competition that we've seen in the first three races of the season," said Clark Campbell, Motorsports Manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
"At our last event in New Jersey, we had two rookies on the podium and we had six rookies qualify in the top-ten; which certainly indicates that the new drivers have quickly gotten up to speed and are competing on the same level as the veterans. The depth of talent is the best we've seen in the Series' three-year history; which certainly showcases the objectives of the Jetta TDI Cup to not only develop up-and-coming drivers, but also to bring the benefits of clean fuel technology to the racetrack."
Nine Veterans Return to Miller Motorsports Park
This season, there are nine drivers returning to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup from last year, including four drivers who finished in the top-ten at Miller Motorsports Park in 2009. Jake Thompson and Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle comprised two-thirds of last season's podium, as they finished second and third respectively, while Taylor Broekemeier finished fifth and AJ Nealey earned a ninth-place result. The other five returning drivers all finished in the top-17: JD Mobley -- 11th; Ryan Ellis -- 14th; Andrew Novich -- 15th; Andrew Cordeiro -- 16th; Juan Pablo Delgado -- 17th.
In addition to a solid performance in Utah last season, Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle will arrive at Miller Motorsports Park as the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Championship points leader. Not only did Sierra Lendle grab victory at the Series' last event in New Jersey, but he also finished second at the pair of races during opening weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.
Miller Motorsports Park -- Same Venue, Different Circuit
Last year the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup made its debut at Miller Motorsports Park on the 2.183-mile, 10-turn West Course. This season, the Series will be competing on the East Course, a 2.242-mile 15-turn circuit that features as many as seven overtaking areas, 14 corners and significant elevation changes. The signature corner on the East Course is the final turn, a 50-foot wide, nine degree banked sweeper that leads onto the main straight. Designed for last-minute overtaking as the field races to the finish line, the corner is sure to provide an added challenge. Talk with the returning drivers to get their perspective on whether or not last year's event will create an advantage over the rookies, and if they're able to identify any similarities between the two circuits in Utah.
Local Driver JJ Tomlinson Set to Make Utah Debut
When the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup heads to Miller Motorsports Park next weekend, one driver will be less than 50 miles away from his hometown. JJ Tomlinson, a resident of Park City, Utah is making his debut in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup this season and will no doubt be looking for a win in his own backyard come Sunday.
Tomlinson has been racing his whole life, however this is only his second season of motorsports competition. The Utah native began his career competing as a snowboarder where he's won eight national titles since the age of six, he also finished fifth at the 2010 Winter X Games in snowboardcross. Coincidentally, it was a trip to last year's Jetta TDI Cup event in Utah that inspired Tomlinson to hit the track for the first time and try his hand at auto racing. In his karting debut last spring, Tomlinson earned a second-place finish in the Rotax Masters Division at Miller Motorsports Park. Tomlinson is a very competitive person and will look to the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup season to fuel his need for fast, close racing. When Tomlinson is away from the track, he enjoys surfing and hitting the bowling alley with his friends. He also drives a 2008 Volkswagen R32.
Virginia Tech students earn their racing stripes with the Jetta TDI Cup
There's no better experience than on-the-job training, which is why nearly 20 engineering students from Virginia Tech University are taking part in the 2010 Jetta TDI Cup season. The Volkswagen Motorsports Jetta TDI Cup program allows Virginia Teach students interested in pursuing a career in motorsports with an opportunity to experience it first-hand. The students provide technical support at Volkswagen's race shop at VIR and on the road at the Series' ten race events. During the season, up to fifteen students will travel to each race and work alongside the Series technicians getting hands-on experience with every aspect of motorsports from changing tires to downloading data.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup program is an ideal way for students interested in a career in motorsports to learn about the industry and it provides them with the advantage of real-world experience before they enter the workplace.