HERNDON, Va. (Oct. 29, 2008) - 2008 Jetta TDI Cup Champion, Josh Hurley, of Cooper City, Fla., and 2008 Jetta TDI Cup media contest winner, David Richert, of Niverville, Manitoba, Canada, both drove in the ADAC Volkswagen Polo Cup race, Oct. 25 – 26, at Hockenheim Raceway as part of their prize packages from Volkswagen. The pair finished 10th and 22nd, respectively, in the final race of the season for the Polo Cup series. Hurley’s 10th-place was the best finish for a guest driver.
“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, Jetta TDI Cup driving instructor Jan Haylen 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 was 2008 Jetta TDI Cup driver 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 in the Europe ADAC Formula Masters series. Wearing American flag colors on the nose of his “Powered by Volkswagen” 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 should visit www.vwmotorsportusa.com.
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.