VW Jetta: Timmy Megenbier Road Atlanta race notes

MEGENBIER CAPTURES VW JETTA TDI CUP TITLE AT ROAD ATLANTA Illinois teenager overcame tricky wet conditions in the season-finale to clinch the championship crown by an impressive 29 points MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 29, 2009) -- Timmy...

MEGENBIER CAPTURES VW JETTA TDI CUP TITLE AT ROAD ATLANTA
Illinois teenager overcame tricky wet conditions in the season-finale to clinch the championship crown by an impressive 29 points

MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 29, 2009) -- Timmy Megenbier completed his goal of winning the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup title late last week (September 24-25), with a calculated drive at Road Atlanta as part of the famed Petit Le Mans event. The talented young driver from Illinois overcame less than ideal wet conditions and multiple incidents in front of him to finish 11th, securing the championship crown by an impressive 29 points.

Megenbier, having enjoyed strong runs in all previous nine rounds of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup -- setting a series record with eight podium finishes -- entered the season-final at the high-speed Road Atlanta road course well positioned to exit the event as the series champion. While the No. 17 Chicagoland VW.com/Caputo/Wiscon/Rahal Foods Volkswagen Jetta TDI race pilot did not turn the sort of times he desired in the opening practice session, he was comfortably placed among the required top-15 to win the title with the 10th fastest time. That trend continued during the lone qualifying session on the 2.5-mile road course, with the Melrose Park, Ill., driver turning the eighth quickest lap.

As had been the case for the majority of the event, a wet and slick track greeted Megenbier and the rest of the TDI Cup drivers when the on-track action got underway on Friday (September 25) in Georgia. While Megenbier ultimately believed he could have challenged for a record extending ninth podium finish in the tricky conditions, he elected to run a conservative race in order to not risk losing the championship title. This proved to be a wise choice, as numerous drivers slid off-course and were involved incidents, with the 18 year-old avoiding all the drama. The end result was an 11th place finish, more than enough to clinch 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series title.

"I knew what I had to do to achieve my ultimate goal of winning the Championship," said Megenbier. "After being on the podium nearly every race this season, it was a real challenge to hold myself back so that I didn't potentially risk my season. I had a couple of close calls out there today with the rain and people spinning in front of me, but thankfully I was able to hold on. Being named the Champion is a dream come true for me, and my hope is that this will lead to much bigger things for me down the road."

With the 2009 season now complete, Megenbier immediately shifts his focus to 2010, with the goal of utilizing the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series title as springboard up the motorsports ladder.

-credit: www.timmymegenbier.com

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