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HERNDON, Va. – 2008 Jetta TDI Cup points champion, Josh Hurley, Cooper City, Fla. and 2008 Jetta TDI Cup media contest winner, David Richert, Niverville, Manitoba, Canada, both drove in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup race this weekend at Hockenheim, placing tenth and 22nd respectively in the final race of the season for the Polo Cup series. Hurley’s tenth place finish secured his position as the best finish by a guest entrant in the race.
“After a successful first season of the Jetta TDI Cup in North America we were excited to have two of our young racers make an appearance at the famous Hockenheim track this past weekend,” said Clark Campbell, motorsport manager, Volkswagen of America. “The experience and exposure this opportunity provided to Josh and David was something they’ll never forget and we’re proud of how well they placed among a very competitive field of international drivers.”
In addition to Hurley and Richert, Jan Haylen, Jetta TDI Cup driving instructor, also competed as a guest entrant and finished 24th in the field of 31 drivers.
Hurley and Richert are participants of the Volkswagen driver exchange program, a program established to link Volkwagen’s international one-make cups in China, Germany, Japan, South Africa and the USA. The program helps the top drivers further their development by participating in international competition, giving them the chance to take a look behind the scenes of other series and to prove their skills in completely unfamiliar circumstances.
Also participating at Hockenheim this weekend was 2008 Jetta TDI Cup driver, 16 year-old Liam Kenney, who was the only driver to win two races during the 2008 Jetta TDI Cup season and ended the season in second place. Kenney raced this weekend in the Europe ADAC Formula Masters series. Wearing the American flag colors on the hood of his “Powered by Volkswagen” open wheel formula car, Kenney finished seventh in his first race in Europe.
To receive more information, or to register for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season, interested participants between the ages of 16-26 can visit vw.com to sign up to receive more information.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series is an innovative approach to motorsports – 30 factory-prepared and managed 2009 clean-diesel Jetta TDIs will be piloted by talented, up-and-coming drivers, aged 16 to 26. Volkswagen’s goal is to find the driver with the most talent and help them break into the world of professional motorsports. The Jetta TDI Cup series, the first all clean-diesel race series, is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing Inc. Sponsors for the race include: Aggreko, Athlete’s Performance, Bondurant, Bosch, ful®, Holder, Hoopla, Ironclad, Kyosho, Oakley, RedBull, UTI and ViON.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently announced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment on all its 2009 vehicles. As a result, Volkswagen is one of the only original equipment manufacturers to offer an electronic stability control system on their entire product line – ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) deadline requiring vehicles in the 2012 model year to include stability control systems. Volkswagen’s ESP technology works in conjunction with anti-lock brakes and helps reduce loss of control and rollovers to avoid crashes. NHTSA predicts nearly 10,000 lives could be saved each year if automakers included stability systems as standard equipment.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Va. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, GLI, Passat, Passat Wagon, Eos, Routan, Tiguan and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.