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Alex Backus Wins Pignataro Volkswagen Indoor Karting Event

July 3, 2008

Everett, Washington. – It’s been a good month for Alex Backus. After having just purchased a brand new Volkswagen Rabbit from Pignataro Volkswagen, he became eligible for the Pignataro Volkswagen Indoor Karting Event, an event that he ended up winning. Pignataro Volkswagen of Everett, Washington teamed up with Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup points leader David Jurca, racing in the first clean diesel race series, to create a fun and exciting event for its customers. The event was held at the K1 Speed indoor karting center in Redmond, Washington on July 2nd at 7pm.

A series of qualifying races set the grid for the final race between the top eight drivers. The competition was surprisingly close as the top eight Pignataro Volkswagen customers were within 6 tenths of a second of each other. Starting on pole was Alex Backus followed by Oliver Breakwell and Anton Loenov. After a standing start, the first few laps were frantic. Second place Oliver Breakwell spun early collecting a few drivers with him. This gave Alex Backus a bit of a gap over second, and one that he would keep until the finish. As things settled down, Levon Bagdasaryan and Alexander Sagiyan found themselves in second and third. Fighting his way back up through the field, Oliver Breakwell made it back up to second by the end of the race while another driver on the move, Andrew Gary, made multiple passes to get into the top three.

As the checkered flag fell, it was Alex Backus with a perfect race from the pole position to take the win and the grand prize trip for two to Portland for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race on July 26-27th. Highlights of that package include two tickets to the race, two VIP passes to the Volkswagen Hospitality tent, a gas card, one night hotel in Portland, and dinner for two in Portland. Second place was Oliver Breakwell who chose the $100 worth of free ding and dent removal courtesy of Dent Wizard and third was Andrew Gary who received a $200 complete car detail courtesy of Pignataro Volkswagen.

“I’m really excited to have won this event,” said Alex Backus. “The race was so much fun and I can’t wait to go to Portland and watch the VW Jetta TDI Cup. It’s going to be great! I just want to thank Pignataro Volkswagen for putting up such an exciting and unique event for its customers.”

Pignataro Volkswagen is located north of Seattle in Everett, Washington. Proud to be involved with the northwest community, Pignataro supports David Jurca as a local driver racing in the environmentally friendly clean diesel VW Jetta TDI Cup. Pignataro specializes in new Volkswagens and stock a quality inventory of used cars. They invite you to stop by and visit their new facility and find your next automobile.

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series is an innovative approach to motorsports. Thirty factory prepared and managed 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesels will be piloted by talented, up and coming drivers, ages 16 to 26. Signifying Volkswagen’s environmental commitment, the Jetta TDI Cup series is certified as Carbon-Free by Volkswagen’s goal is to find the driver with the most talent and help them break into the world of professional motorsports. 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 professional contract within six months of winning the series.

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