SPEED TV Telecasts of 2009 VW TDI Cup to Premiere in December

With the second season of Pirelli’s involvement as official tire of the SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup fast approaching, both Pirelli and series officials have begun making preparations for the 2010 season.

Pirelli P Zero Racing Slicks are standard on every Jetta TDI competing in the series.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for race fans – and fans of clean-diesel power – to witness the growth of many successful motorsport careers,” said Tom Gravalos, Pirelli Tire North America’s Vice President of Motorsports, Marketing and O.E Sales. “2009 was Pirelli’s first year sponsoring the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, and it is a great opportunity to join Volkswagen in supporting some of North America’s top young driving talent in the nation’s first clean diesel racing series again in 2010.  Between the SPEED TV broadcasts and seeing the race first-hand from the stands, there are great opportunities for America to engage in the series and see the genesis of great driving talent.  As our Motorsports efforts expand in North America, so to will our focus on grassroots, amateur and professional racing.  Pirelli Tires are made for the race track, and with over 100 years of Motorsport victories under our belt, we’re excited to grow even more with the world’s first green racing series!”

The 10-race schedule for next year includes six circuits from the 2009 schedule and the series’ first visit to Mexico.

“In building the 2010 schedule, we have been able to achieve a great mix of historic tracks and newer facilities in excellent geographic markets in North America,” said Clark Campbell, motorsport manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “During the first two seasons of our series, we have clearly demonstrated the benefits of Volkswagen’s clean diesel TDI technology, and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2010 season.”

To review series rules, or to submit a driver application for the 2010 season, please visit: www.vwmotorsportusa.com. Up to 125 candidates will be selected to attend the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup final driver selection event that will be held February 7-9 in Las Vegas to determine the final 25-driver line up for the 2010 season.

The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Schedule

Rounds 1 & 2     Apr 23-25            VIRginia International Raceway (Alton, VA)*

Round 3             May 8-9               New Jersey Motorsports Park (Millville, NJ)

Round 4             Jun 5-6                Miller Motorsports Park (Tooele, UT)

Round 5             Jun 18-20            Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Lexington, OH)

Round 6             Jul 30-Aug 1        Autobahn Country Club (Joliet, IL)

Rounds 7 & 8     Aug 20-22            Road America (Elkhart Lake, WI)*

Rounds 9 & 10   Sep/Oct TBD     Mexico TBD*

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SPEED TV to Broadcast 2009 TDI Cup in December

For fans who couldn’t get enough VW Jetta TDI Cup action last season, SPEED TV will broadcast the entire 2009 race season beginning December 6th, 2009 and will continue throughout the month.

The edited 30-minute broadcasts of the Pirelli-sponsored 2009 Jetta TDI Cup will begin with the first seven of the season’s ten races. The initial broadcast will be the double-race weekend at VIRginia International Raceway where series rookies Joey Atterbury and Jake Thompson took home wins.  The broadcasts will conclude with a thrilling rain-drenched finish at Road Atlanta where local driver Mark Pombo won his final race in the series and Timmy Megenbier won the season championship.

In addition to the race broadcasts on SPEED, the series also expects to announce the broadcast schedule for its season documentary Racing Under Green in the coming weeks. The 60-minute documentary will air on an array of Discovery Channel outlets and takes an inside look at the series – capturing the personalities behind the wheel of the equally-prepared Jetta TDI Cup racecars. Exact broadcast dates and times will be announced soon.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup TV Broadcast Schedule* (all times Eastern Standard Time):

December 6, 5 p.m. –    VIRginia International Raceway – Race No. 1

December 6, 5:30 p.m. –         VIRginia International Raceway – Race No. 2

December 6, 6 p.m. –    Miller Motorsports Park – Race No. 3

December 6, 6:30 p.m. –         Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Race No. 4

December 13, 5 p.m. – Autobahn Country Club – Race No. 5

December 13, 5:30 p.m. –       Road America – Race No. 6

December 20, 5:30 p.m. –       Mosport International Raceway – Race No. 7

About 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 Jetta TDIs. Each driver competing in the series earns a Pro Racing license from SCCA 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.

Pirelli Tire North America designs, develops, manufactures and markets tires for passenger vehicles in both the original equipment and replacement markets as well as markets and distributes tires for motorcycle and motorsports. Located in Rome, Georgia, Pirelli’s Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) employs state-of-the-art technology to manufacture tires for both export and domestic markets.  For more information please visit www.us.pirelli.com.