MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 29, 2008) – Liam Kenney, of Sterling, Va., repeated his appearance on the Jetta TDI Cup podium this weekend in Sunday’s race by securing a first place victory in race two of the double header weekend. Kenney, 16, placed third in Saturday’s race after routinely placing in the top ten of the field throughout the season. Josh Hurley, of Cooper City, Fl., and Chris Holman, of Burlington, Ont., Canada, joined Kenney on the podium in second and third places, respectively.
“I was a little nervous going out there on slicks in the wet, but the Jetta TDI never let me down and I thought the race was great,” said Kenney. “I went out there and concentrated on not making any mistakes, and not putting any wheels off, and am really excited to have my first win in the series and to have done it with Volkswagen. I’d also like to thank ViON and Tracks International for all of their support.”
The race conditions were considerably wetter then Saturday’s race, with the drivers racing on slick tires and beginning from a rolling start. Drivers battled the conditions early on and faced two full-course cautions in the 30-minute sprint race, including the finish, which was completed under yellow.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup will take place next weekend at Road Atlanta with the points championship still very much up for grabs in what has proved to be a thrilling first season for the clean diesel racing series.
Complete Jetta TDI Cup provisional race results are listed below with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car sponsor and laps completed.
1. (2), Liam Kenney, Sterling, Va., ViON, 13
2. (3), Josh Hurley(R), Cooper City, Fla., Athlete’s Performance, 13, -.544
3. (7), Chris Holman, Burlington, Ontario, UTI, 13, -1.649
4. (4), Jimmy Underhill, Denver, Colo., Bosch, 13, -2.461
5. (5), Derek Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., Bosch, 13, -3.429
6. (22), Mark Pombo, Duluth, Ga., ful®, 13, -4.715
7. (1), Timmy Megenbier, Melrose Park, Ill., SCCA, 13, -5.592
8. (11), Chris Castagna, Boston, Mass., Oakley, 13, -6.309
9. (10), Taylor Broekemeier(R), Fort Collins, Colo., Oakley, 13, -6.691
10. (13), Caleb Kenney, Berkeley, Calif., Hoopla, 13, -7.750
11. (9), Shane Williams, Capetown S Africa, ful®, 13, -9.494
12. (25), Wyatt Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, SCORE, 13, -10.354
13. (12), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kyosho, 13, -11.080
14. (17), Michael DeNino, Gaithersburg, Md., Castrol, 13, -12.598
15. (30), David Heinz(R), Pittsburgh, Pa., Pre Loved, 13, -13.386
16. (18), Gary Williams_Jr., Dana Point, Calif., Bondurant, 13, -14.802
17. (21), David Richert(R), Niverville MB, Canada, ViON, 13, -15.341
18. (24), Adam Crepin(R), St. Louis, Mo., SCCA, 13, -16.199
19. (28), Noah Arundel, Tonka Bay, Minn., VW P&A, 13, -18.113
20. (8), Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle, Puebla, MX, Aggreko, 13, -18.709
21. (23), Chad Brassfield(R), Phoenix, Ariz., Kyosho, 13, -19.947
22. (14), Adam Kretschmer(R), Brampton, Ontario, VW Credit, 13, -20.645
23. (26), Evan Pflock(R), Redondo Beach, Calif., DC United, 13, -21.094
24. (19), Nick Mancuso, Mettawa, Ill., Auto Logistics, 13, -22.417
25. (29), Ryan Buetzer, Long Beach, Calif., Hoopla, 13, -24.036
26. (27), Andrew Cordeiro(R), Woodbridge Ont. Canada, $1300 Tax Credit, 12, -1 lap
27. (20), Adam Love(R), Normal, Ill., SCORE, 11, -2 laps
28. (6), Chris Kuenning(R), Grand Rapids, Mich., Aggreko, 9, DNF
29. (16), Jake Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, Select 1, 8, DNF
30. (15), David Jurca, Federal Way, Wash., Red Bull, 3, DNF
31. (31), John Shim(R), Starkville, Miss., VW Credit, 0, DNS
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.
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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.