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    Thread: VW Selects Drivers for TDI Cup Series

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      04-08-2008 09:26 AM #1

      AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today the selection of 30 drivers to compete in the all-new Jetta TDI Cup series. The drivers were chosen at a driver selection event April 3-6 at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz.
      “We’re offering a unique opportunity for some of the best and brightest drivers to get their start in a factory-backed racing series,” said Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Through an exhausting driver evaluation process, we looked at a variety of factors including driving ability and potential, media and communication skills and overall fit, to choose the 30 best drivers to help promote Volkswagen and the introduction of our all-new 50-state clean diesel Jetta TDI, and ultimately themselves.”
      Full story, list of drivers and race schedule...

    2. 04-08-2008 11:10 AM #2
      Sounds pretty cool. Good luck.
      Wish the TDI was in a Golf already...

    3. 04-08-2008 11:35 AM #3
      this sounds like a pretty cool program
      is there going to be anyway to watch these races other than in person
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      04-08-2008 11:38 AM #4
      I'm planning on going to Road Atlanta again. Can't wait to see these guys! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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    6. 04-08-2008 01:25 PM #6
      Very cool program. Good luck to all the drivers!
      What front bumper cover are they running on those Jetta's? Looks sweet.

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      04-08-2008 02:06 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by GTIVrScott »
      Very cool program. Good luck to all the drivers!
      What front bumper cover are they running on those Jetta's? Looks sweet.

      Looks like the thunderbunny front end

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      04-08-2008 04:43 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by GTIVrScott »
      Very cool program. Good luck to all the drivers!
      What front bumper cover are they running on those Jetta's? Looks sweet.

      It's the production version of the bumper shown on the Thunder Bunny SEMA car. To be DOT compliant it needed side markers, which the show car didn't have.
      It's part of a complete kit that VW's releasing for the cars, including side skirts and a rear bumper with integrated diffuser, and it should be available from dealerships now unpainted, and prepainted in another month.

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      04-08-2008 05:49 PM #9
      never heard of such "opportunity" perhaps thats because its sons of dealership owners that are partaking in the event (noted theres no females) VWOA [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]

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      04-08-2008 05:56 PM #10
      i never got my notice for a tryout?!
      shouldn't there be a team for Puerto Rico?

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      04-08-2008 07:00 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by porschenvy »
      never heard of such "opportunity" perhaps thats because its sons of dealership owners that are partaking in the event (noted theres no females) VWOA [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]

      So because you have never heard of this "Series" it must be all favouritism that got people the rides? That's a pretty ignorant way to look at things.
      This was posted numerous times in many places for the last 6 months, and there have been threads on here from interested "amateur" racers. Also, I know one of the drivers that is local to me is not a dealer Kid.

    12. 04-08-2008 07:26 PM #12
      Fantastic news and congraz to all the drivers! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Does anyone know if there will be television coverage of the events, e.g. on Speed Channel?

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      04-08-2008 08:42 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by porschenvy »
      never heard of such "opportunity" perhaps thats because its sons of dealership owners that are partaking in the event (noted theres no females) VWOA [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]

      It was advertised on VWoA's website, fercrissakes...
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for VWoA's involvement in a motorsports event here in the U.S. Also wondering if this can be caught on TV?
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      04-08-2008 09:01 PM #14
      Congrats to the drivers
      Any of the racers already own a TDI?

    15. 04-08-2008 09:37 PM #15
      ...carbon-free racing, eh??? So... does this mean to minimize the carbon impact of racing, they will be racing on B100???
      Next stop... VWoA needs to send a car over to Jon Hamilton, Ken Sabo, & Oliver Wegener to rally it!!!



      Modified by GT17V at 9:40 PM 4-8-2008

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      04-09-2008 04:42 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by porschenvy »
      never heard of such "opportunity" perhaps thats because its sons of dealership owners that are partaking in the event (noted theres no females) VWOA [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]


      Ok I will clear the air here and respond as I am one of the top 35 finalists and the # 3 alternate to the series. Yes there is a son of a VW dealer racing in this series, but no that is not why he was chosen. He is a talented driver with a ton of potential. As far as no women in the series, I can tell you for a fact that the #1 alternate is an 18 year old girl named Shea. Check out Shearacing.com for more info on her. I am honored to be one of the top 35 and look forward to any furtter involvement with the series that may come my way. Just to note, there were 5 or so females in the tryouts in AZ while I was down there.
      i wish all 30 the best of luck

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      04-09-2008 10:19 AM #17
      Still no answers to the TV questions? Anyone know if Speed will cover it?
      I don't see anything on there site
      http://auto-racing.speedtv.com...eries

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      04-09-2008 11:39 AM #18
      I've been searching for a while and found one of the racers on an M3 forum saying that it will be televised on Speed but I guess no times have been set

    19. 04-09-2008 04:31 PM #19
      yes, Speed will be covering every one of the races in 30 minute formats. All dates & times are TBA.
      -John

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      04-10-2008 11:39 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by jshim »
      yes, Speed will be covering every one of the races in 30 minute formats. All dates & times are TBA.
      -John

      Congrats John. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    21. 04-10-2008 02:50 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by jsmyle1%@vw »
      Congrats John. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      thank you!!

      I bet you are very proud of Josh as well.

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      Modified by jshim at 2:53 PM 4-10-2008

    22. 04-11-2008 06:24 PM #22
      Aaron, I probably saw you over there in AZ, I was in the "crew" prepping the cars and helping out on the track. I'll keep an eye out for you in VA in a couple of weeks. Let me tell you guys, these cars are fun as hell! And at the end of the day after all that racing I could run my finger inside the tail pipe and no black soot, amazing. We probably only put 1/4 tank in each car all day sunday. Oh, what's your driver # so I can watch out for ya?

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      04-13-2008 10:11 PM #23
      track topic. *click*

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      04-19-2008 12:09 PM #24
      [QUOTE=01tj]Still no answers to the TV questions? Anyone know if Speed will cover it?QUOTE]
      I'm one of the lucky 30 chosen. Speed will be covering the series but we do not know the air dates. Also VwVortex and it's sister site Speed Arena will be going inside the event with me. The first installment is posted with another coming this week. Check it out at
      http://www.speedarena.com/news...shtml

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      04-19-2008 09:52 PM #25
      Cool, thanks man! Looking forward to watching you, good luck
      Quote, originally posted by TDICupracer »
      [QUOTE=01tj]Still no answers to the TV questions? Anyone know if Speed will cover it?QUOTE]
      I'm one of the lucky 30 chosen. Speed will be covering the series but we do not know the air dates. Also VwVortex and it's sister site Speed Arena will be going inside the event with me. The first installment is posted with another coming this week. Check it out at
      http://www.speedarena.com/news...shtml

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      04-20-2008 09:24 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by GT17V »
      ...carbon-free racing, eh??? So... does this mean to minimize the carbon impact of racing, they will be racing on B100???
      Modified by GT17V at 9:40 PM 4-8-2008

      We will be on bio diesel but not B100, yet. Carbon free means they have planted enough trees to to consume all of the carbon output of the series. This includes the trucks traveling etc. I applaud Volkswagen for putting on a racing series that is environmentally responsible. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      04-22-2008 07:41 AM #27
      5 days 'til VIR..........

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      04-25-2008 11:17 PM #28
      First day @ VIR......
      Quote, originally posted by .:RDriver »
      Here are a few shots from the first day on track at VIR. Josh had a good first day, finishing third fastest in the first session and second fastest in the second session only 34 hundredths behind the fastest driver. They did lose half of the second session though due to one of the drivers wadding up their new TDI in the esses.
      Couple shots. Our fearless reporter getting ready for the first session.

      VW hospitality center with the race Touareg and the new Tiguan out front.

      30 equally prepared race Jetta TDIs.

      Need wheels and Michelin slicks and rains anyone?

      On track in morning session.


      Afternoon session at the top of the esses.

      And a little advertising shot for VW. Good slogan.

      More updates next week after the race on Sunday.

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      04-26-2008 05:27 PM #29
      Update:
      DRIVERS QUALIFY FOR INAUGURAL JETTA TDI CUP RACE
      Drivers Secure Grid Positions in First All Clean-Diesel Race
      ALTON, VA. – Volkswagen of America has announced the results from the driver qualification session and the starting grid positions for the inaugural race of the Jetta TDI Cup to be held Sunday, April 27, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Josh Hurley finished with a qualifying time of 2:14.301 to secure the first pole position in the Jetta TDI cup race to be held at 4:00 p.m. (EST) at VIR.
      “I’m excited to have secured the pole position for the first race of the Jetta TDI Cup series and I am especially thankful to have the support of Gunther Volkswagen,“ said Hurley. “The cars have been performing great this weekend, and we’re all excited to be able to race these clean diesel vehicles officially for the first time tomorrow.”
      Complete result information of the qualifying race listed below includes position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.
      1, (11), Josh Hurley, Cooper City, Fla., 2:14.301, 87.653
      2, (39), Caleb Kenney, Berkeley, Calif., 2:14.557, 87.487
      3, (17), Timmy Megenbier, Melrose Park, Ill., 2:14.640, 87.433
      4, (20), Mark Pombo, Duluth, Ga., 2:14.806, 87.325
      5, (42), Derek Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., 2:14.819, 87.317
      6, (18), Jimmy Underhill, Denver, Colo., 2:15.240, 87.045
      7, (5), David Jurca, Federal Way, Wash., 2:15.310, 87.000
      8, (4), Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle, Puebla, MX, 2:15.471, 86.896
      9, (35), Liam Kenney, Sterling, Va., 2:15.484, 86.888
      10, (36), Michael DeNino, Gaithersburg, Md., 2:15.572, 86.832
      11, (37), Chris Castagna, Boston, Mass., 2:15.619, 86.802
      12, (31), Chris Holman, Burlington, Ontario, 2:15.620, 86.801
      13, (15), Ryan Buetzer, Long Beach, Calif., 2:15.670, 86.769
      14, (2), Adam Crepin, St. Louis, Mo., 2:16.022, 86.544
      15, (29), John Shim, Starkville, Miss., 2:16.059, 86.521
      16, (40), Jake Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, 2:16.091, 86.501
      17, (23), Wyatt Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, 2:16.221, 86.418
      18, (33), Evan Pflock, Rendondo Beach, Calif., 2:16.222, 86.417
      19, (6), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2:16.345, 86.339
      20, (38), Gary Williams_Jr., Dana Point, Calif., 2:16.360, 86.330
      21, (30), Chris Kuenning, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2:16.370, 86.324
      22, (16), Chad Brassfield, Phoenix, Ariz., 2:16.392, 86.310
      23, (22), James Kirkham, Beaverton, Ore., 2:16.397, 86.306
      24, (32), Adam Kretschmer, Brampton, Ontario, 2:16.498, 86.243
      25, (12), Nick Mancuso, Mettawa, Ill., 2:16.789, 86.059
      26, (26), Andrew Cordeiro, Woodbridge, Ontario, 2:17.187, 85.809
      27, (14), David Richert, Niverville MB, Canada, 2:17.191, 85.807
      28, (25), Adam Love, Normal, Ill., 2:18.002, 85.303
      29, (41), Taylor Broekemeier, Fort Collins, Colo., 2:18.333, 85.099


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      Any time slots for Speed TV yet?

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      06-04-2008 01:09 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by 01tj »
      Any time slots for Speed TV yet?

      They will be airing all of the races in the off season, one a week for eight weeks. On the ninth week they will air a documentary about the series. Sorry I do not have exact dates yet, but as soon as I do I will let you all know.

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