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Jurca Survives to Finish Sixth and Continues With Championship Lead

August 19, 2008

Pignataro Volkswagen driver David Jurca, 23, Federal Way, Wash. finished sixth at the fourth round of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup at Lime Rock Park Raceway in Lakeville, Connecticut. With a qualifying session unexpectedly cut short due to tire reliability issues, Jurca never found a clear lap in the short session to get a solid lap time. Starting in the eighth position, Jurca stayed out of trouble and gained a few spots to finish sixth in the 30 minute race. With previous finishes of first, third, and fourth, Jurca continued his consistent finishing record and now holds the championship lead by seven points.

“I was really focused on having a strong qualifying session this race,” explained Jurca. “Unfortunately, due to tire issues and for the safety of the competitors, the session was cut short from 30 minutes to 10 minutes. It caught me by surprise and I just never got the full potential out of the car as I struggled to find a lap free of traffic in the beginning of the session. During the race, I focused on keeping my nose clean and gaining a consistent result for the championship points chase.”

Proving just how competitive the Jetta TDI Cup is, the race was won by Chris Castagna, the fourth different winner in as many races. The four winners are also the top four drivers in the point standings.

The next race in the series will take place on September 20 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The Jetta TDI Cup series, the first all clean-diesel race series, is sanctioned by the SCCA Pro Racing, Inc. and Volkswagen of America, Inc.

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series is an innovative approach to motorsports – 30 factory-prepared and managed 2009 Jetta TDI clean-diesels will be piloted by talented, up-and-coming drivers, ages 16 to 26. The Jetta TDI is lightly modified from spec, featuring race-ready suspension and brakes, and a six-speed double-clutch DSG transmission. Additionally, to highlight its environmental dedication, Volkswagen has partnered with Carbonfund.org to certify the entire race series as carbon free.

In the end, the winner of the race series will be awarded $100,000 from Volkswagen to aid them in their next steps as a professional racer. An additional $150,000 will be given to the winner if he or she signs a contract with a professional level team within six months of winning the Jetta TDI Cup series.

David Jurca receives support from Pignataro Volkswagen, Redapt, Serengeti Design, CMSI, Washington Cedar and Supply, and Harmon Roofing. Like most drivers in the world of motorsports, he began his racing career in karts. Displaying great natural talent, the 23 year-old quickly progressed up the karting ranks, winning numerous championships along the way and racing head to head against current Formula One, Indy Car, and NASCAR drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Graham Rahal, and AJ Allmendinger. In 2003, he was a finalist in the Red Bull F1 Driver Search. In the last five years, Jurca has been the number one ranked shifter kart driver in North America three times and is currently ranked third while splitting his efforts between the VW Jetta TDI Cup and the Stars of Karting National Championship.

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. Chris Castagna, Boston, Mass., Bosch, 25
2. Mark Pombo, Duluth, Ga., ful®, 25, -.393
3. Josh Hurley(R), Cooper City, Fla., Athletes’ Performance, 25, -1.083
4. Caleb Kenney, Berkeley, Calif., Hoopla, 25, -3.475
5. Michael DeNino, Gaithersburg, Md., Castrol, 25, -3.837
6. David Jurca, Federal Way, Wash., Pignataro Volkswagen/ Kyosho, 25, -3.990
7. Timmy Megenbier, Melrose Park, Ill., SCCA, 25, -4.645
8. Jimmy Underhill, Denver, Colo., Bosch, 25, -6.975
9. Liam Kenney, Sterling, Va., ViON, 25, -9.292
10. Chris Holman, Burlington, Ontario, Kyosho, 25, -9.600
11. Taylor Broekemeier(R), Fort Collins, Colo., Bondurant, 25, -9.997
12. Juan Pablo SierraLendle, Puebla, Mexico, Aggreko, 25, -10.273
13. Wyatt Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, DC United, 25, -10.785
14. Chris Kuenning(R), Grand Rapids, Mich., Aggreko, 25, -11.173
15. Derek Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., Oakley, 25, -11.320
16. Andrew Cordeiro(R), Woodbridge Ont, Canada, Castrol, 25, -22.146
17. David Heinz(R), Pittsburgh, Pa., Pre Loved, 25, -26.759
18. Chad Brassfield(R), Phoenix, Ariz., UTI, 25, -27.129
19. Adam Love(R), Normal, Ill., SCORE, 25, -28.237
20. Adam Crepin(R), St. Louis, Mo., SCCA, 25, -28.956
21. Jake Dallenbach, San Antonio, Texas, Specialty, 25, -27.277
22. Ryan Buetzer, Long Beach, Calif., ViON, 25, -29.677
23. David Richert(R), Niverville MB, Canada, Hoopla, 25, -30.100
24. Gary Williams_Jr., Dana Point, Calif., Oakley, 25, -36.287
25. Noah Arundel, Tonka Bay, Minn., VW P&A, 25, -37.350
26. Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Red Bull, 24, -1 lap
27. Adam Kretschmer(R), Brampton, Ontario, VW Credit, 22, -3 laps
28. Evan Pflock(R), Redondo Beach, Calif., SCORE, 21, -4 laps
29. Nick Mancuso, Mettawa, Ill., Auto Logistics, 16, DNF
30. John Shim(R), Starkville, Miss., VW Credit, 5, DNF