HERNDON, Va. (Oct. 23, 2008) - The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup season will begin airing on SPEED Sunday, Oct. 26. A total of seven, 30-minute episodes will be broadcast from October through November, ending with an hour-long Jetta TDI Cup documentary on Saturday, Nov. 22.
“We are very excited to be able to showcase the 2008 season of the Jetta TDI Cup on SPEED Channel,” said Clark Campbell, motorsport manager, Volkswagen of America. “This first season was full of great racing action from our young drivers and the clean diesel Jetta TDI and we have no doubt the viewers at home, just like the ones at each race, will be on the edge of their seats.”
SPEED has been filming the first year of the Jetta TDI Cup from the very beginning, back to the driver selection process in April, as well as every race, to catch everything that happened on and off the track. The final 60-minute documentary will show the action and drama of the series, highlighting how the drivers have progressed in their racing careers. It will be the eighth and final episode of the 2008 Jetta TDI Cup programming.
Final Television Schedule:
Sun 10/26/08 2:30 p.m. - Virginia International Raceway
Sat 11/1/08 3:00 p.m. – Portland International Raceway
Sat 11/1/08 3:30 p.m. - Lime Rock Park
Sat 11/8/08 5:00 p.m. - Iowa Speedway
Sat 11/8/08 5:30 p.m. - New Jersey Motorsports Park Race 1
Sat 11/15/08 5:00 p.m. - New Jersey Motorsports Park Race 2
Sat 11/15/08 5:30 p.m. - Road Atlanta
Sat 11/22/08 5:00 p.m. - Documentary – Year in Review
* Times listed are Eastern. All episodes air on SPEED, check with your local cable or satellite provider to confirm channel and times.
Interested participants between the ages of 16 and 26 can visit www.vw.com to sign up to receive more information about the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup.
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 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.
SCCA Pro Racing
A wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc., SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a leading sanctioning body for motor sports events in the United States. A member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), SCCA Pro Racing operates and sanctions the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships, the SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, as well as provides sanctioning and various operational services for other racing series. For more information, please visit www.sccapro.com.