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06 Sep 2010

8-21-2010
I raced at Road America in Wisconsin 2 weeks ago. I started out the first practice session in foggy conditions. The first qualifying session went well and I continued to improve my times all day. The second qualifying session was in a down pour and I only got in 2 laps. I ended up qualifying in the back on the field for both races. However, my times were getting better and better with every session. The first race went okay. I ended up finishing 22nd. In the second race, I improved my times even more at finished 23rd. My best time was a 2:42.928.

8-28-2010
I raced at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA a week ago. The race was going well until I was hit under caution. This caused me to have to drop to the rear of the field. I ended up salvaging a 7th place finish. Thanks to Brian Blevins and his entire race team for helping us in the pits!

9-4-2010
I raced at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA this past weekend. I did not get to qualify because I was at my brother’s wedding. I made it just in time to race. The car ran extremely well and I was able to run the high and low lines. I ended up finishing 8th.

This coming weekend I will be racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. This racing starts and 3:00 pm and you can print out a coupon at Bristol Motor Speedway’s Website.

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I raced at Kingsport Speedway in Kingsport, TN this past Sunday. The race was postponed to Sunday due to rain on Saturday night.

The weekend started off pretty well. I was learning the track fast.

I qualified 14th for the Pure 4 race and ended up with a 12th place finish.

As for the Charger race, I ended up qualifying 6th. After just 5 laps, I was spun out by another competitor. He spun me and then hit me in the left front tire. This cause the steer box to be stripped from the bolts. Needless to say, I could not turn left. I came in the pits and the day was done for me.

I will be racing this coming weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. This is the 7th & 8th round of the VW Jetta TDI Cup. I hope I can continue to improve my points position and finishing position.

Thank you so much to all of my sponsors: Safety Kleen, SE Solutions, Pro Image Graphics, and 84 Expo.

Check out the guest drivers that will be racing with us this weekend at Road America!
Road America Guest Drivers

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2010 Road America Preview

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This past Saturday I raced at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA. I qualified 6th and was hoping for a good finish. I made a hard run for 4th toward the beginning of the race and remained there for the majority of the race. With 2 laps to go Paul Shull passed me for 4th.

As a result of too much brake in the car, I spun out and ended up with a 7th place finish. Next weekend I will be racing at Kingsport Speedway in Kingsport, TN. Racing starts at 7 pm.

See you all there!

Thank you to all my sponsors!! Safety KleenSE SolutionsPro Image Graphics, and 84 Expo and ProStar Janitorial.

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2010 Autobahn Preview

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I raced in the VW Jetta TDI Cup at Autobahn in Joliet, Ill this past weekend. It rained in practice on Saturday and this was my first time driving a session in the rain. Interesting to say the least! I kept improving throughout the day and learning more about the track. I qualified 26th, which was a disappointing run. However, I was hopeful for the race on Sunday.

I kept my nose clean all race on Sunday and ended up with an 18th place finish! This is my best finish this season.

I can’t wait to run Road America in 3 weeks and learn even more!

Thank you to all of the VW team for a great weekend!

I will be racing at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA this coming weekend, August 7, 2010.

2010 VW Autobahn Saturday Release
2010 VW Autobahn Sunday Release

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VW Jetta TDI Cup Mid-Season Review

Veteran Sierra Lendle leads the pack heading into round six of ten events

HERNDON, Va. – The first half of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup season is in the books and with four different race winners in five events, the competition could not be more fierce. Just 28 points separate the top-five drivers and with 60 points available for each win, it’s anybody’s guess who will be hoisting the Championship trophy come September.

One of the overwhelming favorites to take the crown has to be current points leader, Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle (with 158 points). The Puebla, Mexico resident started out the season with three consecutive podium appearances when he finished second in the pair of opening races at VIRginia International Raceway and earned a victory in Round Three at New Jersey Motorsports Park. In the first five events of the 2010 season, Sierra Lendle has earned five top-ten finishes, three top-three finishes and has led a Series-high 34 laps out of a total of 80 laps run (43%). Needless to say, if he can maintain results like this, he’s going to be very difficult to catch in the latter half of the 2010 season.

“I had an excellent start to the season with two second-place finishes and then the win in New Jersey,” said Sierra Lendle. “The victory was my first in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, which was wonderful to finally be able to earn. I continued to lead the Championship after the fourth and fifth races, even though I struggled a bit on the track (Sierra Lendle finished seventh in Utah and tenth at Mid-Ohio). The important thing was that I finished cleanly and continued to add important points towards the Championship. The points battle has gotten very close and the rookies are pushing just as hard as the other veterans. In the second half of the season, I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I know the next five races will be challenging, but I feel I have the experience, the speed and the ability to win the Championship. I can’t wait to get to Autobahn at the end of the month. Last year I had a disappointing race in Joliet, but I’ve been training very hard in the gym, as well as on the simulator. I think I’m in a great place both physically and mentally, so I’m really excited to start the second half of the year. I know with some smart, clean racing I can continue to lead the points and hopefully earn my first Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Championship.”

Another strong contender to claim the Series title is rookie phenom Arie Ouimet, who is currently in second place in the 2010 Championship point standings, just six points out of first. The Plymouth, Mass. native took a couple of races to get up to speed, but since then he’s earned three top-five finishes including second-place results at two of the last three events. In addition, he’s earned five top-ten finishes, led 12 of 80 laps (15%) and is the only rookie to have won a pole in the first half of the 2010 season (Ouimet claimed the pole at the last Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup event three weeks ago at Mid-Ohio).

“I’m very happy with how the season has gone thus far,” said Ouimet. “The first few races of the year were a bit difficult, but in the last three events I’ve been able to run well. I’m also beginning to understand the car more and more as the season progresses. In the second half of the year, I’m looking to finish on the podium in each event – I feel that is not only a realistic goal, but it will keep me right in the Championship hunt as well. Thus far, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup has proven to be a great opportunity for me. Not only have I learned a ton on the racetrack, but I’ve learned a lot off of it as well. The entire Volkswagen team has helped to teach us the things we need to know in order to pursue a career in motorsports. I think working with everyone at the Series will prove to be highly beneficial as I look to next year and beyond.”

Aside from Sierra Lendle and Ouimet, there are three other drivers who are within immediate striking distance of the Championship points lead: Series veterans Jake Thompson (136 points) and JD Mobley (133 points) as well as rookie Wyatt Gooden (130 points). Each member of this trio has earned at least two podium appearances to date; Thompson also earned a victory in Utah and Gooden captured his first checkered flag three weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. The final five races should be quite exciting, as these talented drivers battle it out until the final lap of the season.

“I’m very impressed by the rookies in this year’s Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup,” said Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Chief Instructor, Jan Heylen. “Our Series veterans are quite good and for some of the rookies to come in with no experience in the Series, and some of them with only karting experience, and qualify and finish in front of the guys who’ve raced the Jetta TDI Cup cars before really speaks to the level of talent we have this year. What I’m really happy about is the fact that the rookies are showing why they were picked to compete this season. As a Series, I think we have learned a lot in our first two and a half years; and that combined with this year’s crop of drivers has really led to a great year; we’ve seen nothing but clean, hard racing. I think another important thing is that we’ve seen progress throughout the entire field. In the first two races, the field was a little spread out, which was disappointing – but in the last three events, the field has been a lot closer. We’re starting to see marked improvement in every single driver and I think the second half of the year will only be more exciting.”

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup heads to Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. to compete in Round Six of the 2010 season on Sunday, August 1st.

Series Alumni Continue to Make Progress

While the 25 current Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup drivers are still learning the ropes of professional auto racing, there are two Series alumni who have taken what the Series has taught them and moved on to make waves in other forms of motorsports.

Timmy Megenbier, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Champion, is competing in Germany’s Scirocco R-Cup, where he currently sits in ninth place in the Championship point standings. Megenbier is the first American to compete in a full-year of the German Series. At the last event two weeks ago, Megenbier started 17th and finished 14th in Round Three at Norisring.

The 2010 season marks the debut of Germany’s Scirocco R-Cup, the most eco-friendly, one-make cup series in the world. Volkswagen thus assumes a pioneering role yet again among the worldwide one-make cups with the Scirocco R-Cup. 80 per cent less CO2 emissions, thanks to bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) power, as well as “push to pass” technology, make the series one of the most exciting to watch.

In addition to Megenbier’s post-Jetta TDI Cup success, the 2008 Series Champion, Josh Hurley, is also making a name for himself, but here in America. Hurley is currently competing in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, where he runs in the Street Tuner Class, which features imports and compact cars. In the seven races run to date, Hurley has finished in the top-five in his class in five events; and he currently sits in eighth place in the Championship point standings.

Follow the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series action on:

www.volkswagenjettacup.com
Volkswagen Online Newsroom: media.vw.com
Live Timing & Scoring: http://livetiming.net/scca/VW
Live Timing & Scoring for your Mobile Device: http://livetiming.net/SCCA/VW/html.asp

About the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup
The SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was launched in 2008 as way to introduce clean diesel technology to the U.S. market and develop the best of motorsport’s up-and-coming talent. During the season, young, up and coming drivers (between ages 16-26) compete on road courses around North America in identical factory-prepared clean diesel powered Jetta TDI’s. Each driver competing in the Series earns a professional racing license from SCCA Pro Racing at the conclusion of the season. In addition to more than $50,000 in prize money at stake during the season, the Series Champion receives Volkswagen factory career advancement support with a value up to $100,000.

The Jetta TDI Cup car is powered by a 2.0-liter, 170 hp, four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine mated to a six-speed, double-clutch, automatic DSG transmission. The car is only slightly modified from stock with Pirelli racing tires, race suspension and brake components, drivers racing safety seat, FIA roll cage and an on-board fire extinguisher system. Series sponsors include: Pirelli, Bosch, ViON, Castrol, Oakley, Red Bull, Staubli, Aggreko, defNder, Lamin-X, Volkswagen Driver Gear, Volkswagen Parts & Service, iRacing, Safety-Kleen and Ringer Gloves.

About Volkswagen of America
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Golf, GTI, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Eos, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more.

About SCCA Pro Racing
A wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc., SCCA Pro Racing Inc. is a leading sanctioning body for motorsports events in the United States. A member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), SCCA Pro Racing operates and sanctions the World Challenge Championships, the SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, SCCA Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, SCCA Pro Trans-Am Series, Spec Racer Ford Pro Series and Formula Enterprises Pro Series. For more information, please visit SCCA Pro.

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LPR Race Rained Out

20 Jul 2010

The race this past weekend at LPR was rained out.

My upcoming racing schedule looks like this:
July 24 – Lonesome Pine Raceway (Coeburn, VA)
July 30 – August 1 – VW Jetta TDI Cup (Joliet, IL)
August 7 – Lonesome Pine Raceway (Coeburn, VA)
August 14 – Kingsport Speedway (Kingsport, TN)
August 19-22 – VW Jetta TDI Cup (Elkhart Lake, WI)
August 28 – Lonesome Pine Raceway (Coeburn, VA)

VW Jetta TDI Cup Autobahn Preview

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I raced at Lonesome Pine Raceway this past weekend, July 10. I qualified 2nd for Saturday’s race and ended up finishing 4th. A bad restart after an early caution shuffled me from 2nd to 4th.

WII Racing had a great day at the race track with a 4th and 5th place finish. I am racing at LPR again this coming Saturday, July 17.

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July 4 Weekend Review

06 Jul 2010

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I raced in the Charger Division at Lonesome Pine Raceway this past weekend in Coeburn, VA. I qualified 4th; however, due to the motor going sour and an ill-handling racecar, I started to fall back in the field. The motor broke before the mid-point of the race I ended up finishing 12th.

WII Racing and Paul Shull Racing have already repaired the motor and I will be racing at LPR this coming weekend, July 10.

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