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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

At the SEMA show in October, Volkswagen announced a new grass-roots racing series based around the new Jetta TDI. VW is organizing the series for amateur drivers between 16-26 years old. For $35,000, drivers get a season of racing in diesel Jettas prepared by Volkswagen with full racing safety equipment and 170 hp versions of the new CleanTDI 2.0L engine. The series is limited to only thirty drivers and qualifying races will be held in March 2008. Any aspiring racers can apply through a special