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Third Place Finish in Portland Extends David Jurca's Points Lead

July 28, 2008

Portland, Oregon. –Northwest driver David Jurca, 23, Federal Way, Wash. finished third at the third round of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in Portland, Oregon. After qualifying sixth, less than 3 tenths off of pole position, Jurca focused on keeping his Pignataro Volkswagen clean diesel Jetta out of trouble in order to gain valuable points for the series championship.

With finishes of fourth and first in the previous two Jetta TDI Cup races, Jurca came to Portland, Oregon as the series point leader. By finishing third, Jurca extended his points lead from three points to seventeen points.

“The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup is proving to be a very competitive series,” said Jurca. “There was a lot going on, people banging wheels and I was just trying to be patient. I hung around in the top five for a little while during the race. At the end I made my moves and I got to the podium and it was great. This was a local race for me, with my family and friends in attendance and to have a strong result was very gratifying. I would really like to thank Pignataro Volkswagen for getting on board with me this season. It’s great to see a local VW dealer stepping up to show support. I can’t wait for the next event in Connecticut.”

In addition to Pignataro Volkswagen, David Jurca also receives support from Redapt, Serengeti Design, CMSI, Washington Cedar and Supply, and Harmon Roofing.

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.

All drivers in this innovative race participated using factory prepared and managed 2009 Jetta TDI clean-diesel vehicles powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TDI engine. The Jetta TDI is lightly modified from spec, featuring race-ready suspension and brakes, and a six-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.

The next race in the series will take place on August 15 – 17 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. 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.

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