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David Jurca Becomes an Official Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Driver
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April 9th, 2008

Federal Way, WA. - Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced the selection of 30 drivers to compete in the all-new Jetta TDI Cup series. The drivers were chosen at a driver selection event April 3-6 at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. Among those drivers is David Jurca, the former number one ranked shifter kart driver from Federal Way, Washington.

David Jurca had a strong selection process where he was tested in almost every aspect imaginable. Always among the lead group of drivers, David was strong in the karting, autocross, and ultimate test of the Jetta TDI car on the Firebird Raceway course. In addition to his driving success, he trained hard for the event physically and it paid off. Tested at Athlethes Performance, one of the highest rated training facilities in the country, his test results included a 4% body fat indication and one of the highest max VO2 numbers in the group. VO2 numbers indicate the amount of oxygen a person uses while exercising at the limit. These numbers are the ultimate standard for cardiovascular fitness.

“I came into this selection event not really knowing what to expect,” said David Jurca. “We were told to be ready for driving, media testing, and two days of fitness training. Volkswagen spared no expenses and really tested us on every aspect of being a racecar driver. The pressure was high and it could really be felt among the drivers. After Sunday when the 30 names were announced, you could see a sense of relief amongst all the competitors. I’m thrilled to be selected for the series. It’s an enormous opportunity for my career and I intend to make the absolute most of it. I want to thank the companies who are making the TDI Cup possible for me this year and they are Redapt, Serengeti Design, Washington Cedar and Supply, European Tile Inc, and Best Ceramic.”

"We're offering a unique opportunity for some of the best and brightest drivers to get their start in a factory-backed racing series," said Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Through an exhausting driver evaluation process, we looked at a variety of factors including driving ability and potential, media and communication skills and overall fit, to choose the 30 best drivers to help promote Volkswagen and the introduction of our all-new 50-state clean diesel Jetta TDI, and ultimately themselves."

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.

“With the Jetta TDI Cup, Volkswagen has created an amazing platform to develop young drivers and expand their knowledge about clean, quiet and powerful diesel technology,” said Robert Wildberger, president and CEO, SCCA Pro Racing, Inc. “We look forward to the series in hopes that it will attract more attention to the drivers and advantages of diesel power.”

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. 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 is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing Inc.

The concept is as revolutionary as the car, which is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TDI, clean diesel 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 to certify the entire race series as carbon free.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Schedule
(All races televised on Speed Channel)
Date Track With
April 25-27 VIRginia International Raceway Grand-Am / SPEED Touring Car
May 17-18 Mosport International Raceway Canadian Touring Car / MX-5 Cup
Aug 1 – 3 TBA
Aug 14-17 Lime Rock Park NASCAR Camping World Series
Sept. 19-20 Iowa Speedway USAR Hooters Pro Cup
Sept. 27-28 New Jersey Motorsports Park SPEED World Challenge/ARCA*
Oct. 1-3 Road Atlanta ALMS / SPEED World Challenge
*Double header

For more information on how to support David Jurca’s career or to see a marketing brochure aimed specifically for the Jetta TDI Cup, please email or call 206 972 9138.