VW Jetta: Jake Thompson Road America preview

Jake Thompson prepares to tackle Road America during Rounds 7 & 8 of the TDI Cup The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup enters its home stretch this weekend, as Rounds 7 & 8 will take place at the historic Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake,...

Jake Thompson prepares to tackle Road America during Rounds 7 & 8 of the TDI Cup

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup enters its home stretch this weekend, as Rounds 7 & 8 will take place at the historic Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The 4-mile road course is the fastest track on the calendar, with competitors reaching a top speed near 210km/hr, and averaging over 150km/hr during a lap. This weekend's double header will be the second to last event in the TDI Cup season, with the final two rounds taking place in Puebla Mexico next month. Canadian racer Jake Thompson currently sits 4th in the championship hunt, a mere 20 points back of the lead, and can move to the top of the points table with a pair of strong results.

The 2009 Road America race was an eventful one for Thompson. After a strong qualifying run to 3rd place, he spun attempting a pass into corner 1, leaving him at the tail of the field. He then proceeded to pass 15 cars in 10 laps to salvage a 12th place finish. He will definitely be looking to improve on that this year, as he showed the speed to run at the front of the field on one of America's toughest circuits.

This weekend Thompson will be continuing his pledge drive to raise money for the children's charity Right To Play. Thus far the program has been a huge success as currently $51.95 has been pledged for every lap Thompson completes during the 2010 season. To date over $6800 is set to be donated to Right To Play. To find out how you can get involved please visit www.jakethompson.ca/righttoplay/.

-source: jtm

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Series SCCA
Drivers Jake Thompson