Volkswagen has just announced an eight-race schedule for the 2008 running of the Jetta TDI cup. This will the first running of the new series where thirty amateur racers will take to the track in identically-prepared Jetta TDI sedans. Apart from suspension and braking upgrades and additional safety equipment, the cars will be largely stock. The races will taken place over seven weekends between April and October of this year. There will be two races run during the September weekend at New Jersey Motorsports park. There will also be a celebrity race during the Toronto weekend in July. Those interested in participating in the series still have until the end of February to register. VW will hold a driver selection event the first weekend in April in Phoenix.

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Dates Announced


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. and TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America and SCCA Pro Racing have announced the eight dates comprising the 2008 schedule of the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race series.

Making its debut on American shores this summer, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series is an innovative approach to motorsports. The Jetta TDI Cup is composed of 30 factory-prepared and managed 2008 clean-diesel Jetta TDIs, piloted by talented drivers aged 16 to 26, who are relative unknowns in the industry. Volkswagen's goal is to find the driver with the most talent and help them break into the world of professional motorsports.

The concept is as revolutionary as the car, which is powered by a 2.0- liter, four-cylinder TDI, clean diesel engine. The Jetta TDI is lightly modified from spec, featuring race-ready suspension and brakes, and a 6-speed double-clutch automatic DSG transmission. Additionally, to highlight its environmental dedication Volkswagen has partnered with Carbonfund.org to certify the entire race series as carbon free.

"Volkswagen has a long motorsports heritage and we're continuing that tradition with the Jetta TDI Cup," said Clark Campbell, motorsport manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "The series will introduce a whole new generation of talented racers to Volkswagen, and showcase the power, performance and efficiency of our clean diesel technology. Plus, there will be some great racing."

The 30 drivers, selected at a driver qualifying event in early April, will be challenged with a variety of demanding circuits. The series opens April 25 - 27 at VIRginia International Raceway, in Alton, Va., a favorite among drivers and fans alike. The Jetta TDI Cup then heads north of the border to the ultra-fast Mosport International Raceway, in Bowmanville, Ont., Canada, May 17 - 18. The series stays in Canada for the following round, July 4 - 6, at the Grand Prix of Toronto, where Volkswagen will also stage a celebrity race. More details will be announced shortly.

Following the Canadian swing, is a trip to scenic Lakeville, Conn., Aug. 14 - 17, for a visit to Lime Rock Park. On Sept. 19 - 20, the series heads to Iowa Speedway, in Newton, Iowa, to give drivers a shot at "roval" racing. The following week, the brand-new New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, N.J., will play host to the schedule's only doubleheader, Sept. 27 - 28. The season closes in Braselton, Ga., Oct. 1 - 3, during the Petit LeMans week at Road Atlanta.

"We are incredibly excited to be nearing the launch of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup," said SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO Bob Wildberger. "This series is not only an example of how motorsports can become more eco-friendly, but it also puts the emphasis on the driver, rather than the pocketbook. Racing fans everywhere will welcome this innovative series and the new driving talent that will emerge from it."

There is still time to sign up for the Jetta TDI Cup on the Volkswagen Web site. Applications will be accepted until February 29th at www.vwmotorsportusa.com.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc., SCCA Pro Racing Inc. is a leading sanctioning body for motorsports events in the United States. A member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), SCCA Pro Racing owns, operates and sanctions the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships, SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup and 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.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Schedule

Date Track With

April 25-27 VIRginia International Raceway Grand-Am/ SPEED Touring Car
May 17-18 Mosport International Raceway Canadian Touring Car/ MX-5 Cup
July 4 - 6 Grand Prix of Toronto Champ Car
Aug 14-17 Lime Rock Park NASCAR Camping World Series
Sept. 19-20 Iowa Speedway USAR Hooters Pro Cup
Sept. 27-28 New Jersey Motorsports Park* SPEED World Challenge/ARCA
Oct. 1-3 Road Atlanta ALMS / SPEED World Challenge

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