Action from the first Jetta TDI cup race

The inaugural season of Volkswagen's Jetta TDI Cup wrapped up a couple of weeks ago at Road Atlanta with Josh Hurley taking home the gold. For those of you that didn't get a chance to see the eight races, Speed TV is going to be airing them over the next several weekends starting this Sunday. The first race from VIRginia International Raceway runs at 2:30 EDT. On November 22, Speed will run a documentary they have been filming over the course of the season starting with the driver selection process last April. VW has now opened up registration for drivers interested in competing in the 2009 edition of the Jetta TDI Cup. Drivers aged 16-26 who haven't had a professional race deal are eligible.

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HERNDON, Va. The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race season will begin airing on Speed Channel starting Sunday, October 26, 2008. There will be a total of seven episodes from Oct. through Nov. ending with an hour-long Jetta TDI Cup documentary on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. The double header race in New Jersey will appear in one combined episode.

"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 Channel has been filming the drivers beginning with 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 eight and final episode of the 2008 Jetta TDI Cup series.

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

**All episodes will air on the Speed Channel, check your local television schedule to confirm time and channel.

To receive more information, or to register for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season, interested participants between the ages of 16-26 can visit to sign up to receive more information.

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.

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 dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at

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