Jimmy Underhill Secures Pole Position for the First Time at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON, Iowa – Jimmy Underhill, Denver, Colo., completed qualifying today for the Jetta TDI Cup race with a fastest lap time of :52.411 to secure his first time on the pole position for today’s 5:45 p.m. race at Iowa Speedway. Underhill, 21, has consistently placed in the top of the field with appearances on the podium three times, twice in third and once in second, and is currently ranked eighth in the series. He will compete against 28 other amateur drivers in the fifth race of the clean diesel series’ inaugural season.

“I had some troubles on the very first lap and just barely grazed the wall but I was able to get back on track,” said Underhill. “I got my head back into it and pulled off the pole position which is really awesome. I’d like to thank Volkswagen and Rent2race.com.”

Complete result information of the qualifying race listed below includes position, car number, driver, hometown, sponsor name and fastest lap time.

1, (18), Jimmy Underhill, Denver, Colo., Bosch, :52.411

2, (37), Chris Castagna, Boston, Mass., Oakley, :52.444

3, (4), Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle, Puebla, MX, Aggreko, :52.545

4, (11), Josh Hurley(R), Cooper City, Fla., Athlete’s Performance, :52.577

5, (17), Timmy Megenbier, Melrose Park, Ill., SCCA, :52.587

6, (12), Nick Mancuso, Mettawa, Ill., Auto Logistics, :52.596

7, (39), Caleb Kenney, Berkeley, Calif., Hoopla, :52.619

8, (20), Mark Pombo, Duluth, Ga., ful®, :52.658

9, (30), Chris Kuenning(R), Grand Rapids, Mich., Aggreko, :52.675

10, (41), Taylor Broekemeier(R), Fort Collins, Colo., Oakley, :52.696

11, (5), David Jurca, Federal Way, Wash., Red Bull, :52.699

12, (36), Michael DeNino, Gaithersburg, Md., Castrol, :52.720

13, (35), Liam Kenney, Sterling, Va., ViON, :52.721

14, (38), Gary Williams_Jr., Dana Point, Calif., Bondurant, :52.753

15, (6), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kyosho, :52.780

16, (26), Andrew Cordeiro(R), Woodbridge Ont, Canada, Castrol, :52.784

17, (33), Evan Pflock(R), Redondo Beach, Calif., DC United, :52.855

18, (42), Derek Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., Bosch, :52.886

19, (23), Wyatt Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, SCORE, :52.902

20, (31), Chris Holman, Burlington, Ontario, UTI, :52.929

21, (14), David Richert(R), Niverville MB, Canada, ViON, :52.931

22, (40), Jake Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas Select 1, :52.965

23, (16), Chad Brassfield(R), Phoenix, Ariz., Kyosho, :53.127

24, (2), Adam Crepin(R), St. Louis, Mo., SCCA, :53.189

25, (8), David Heinz(R), Pittsburgh, Pa., Pre-Loved, :53.223

26, (25), Adam Love(R), Normal, Ill., SCORE, :53.297

27, (24), Noah Arundel, Tonka Bay, Minn., VW P&A, :53.443

28, (15), Ryan Buetzer, Long Beach, Calif., Hoopla, :53.475

29, (32), Adam Kretschmer(R), Brampton, Ontario, VW Credit, :54.003

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series is an innovative approach to motorsports – 29 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.

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