Josh is sharing duties with Ian Bass this weekend in the #171 APR Motorsport Volkswagen GTI. They qualified 3rd for today’s race, which actually gets underway in 20mins.
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2008 was a career launching year for Josh Hurley of Cooper City, Fla. In his pro racing debut, Josh qualified on the pole for the first race of the 2008 VW TDI Cup season. The season would only get better from there with several strong showings throughout the year including a win at Portland International Raceway and several top-five finishes. Josh finally clinched the championship at Road Atlanta during the Petit Le Mans weekend. Due to his success in the 2008 season Josh was invited to race in the VW Polo Cup finale at Hockenhiem in Germany, finishing a strong 10th place and setting the 3rd fastest race lap – despite having never driven the car or the track previously. Previous to his foray into automobiles Josh was a very successful kart racer, earning factory rides with KartMini and CRG. Starting his passion early and learning quickly have been key to his success.
After the promising results from 2008, Josh and VW decided to continue their relationship into 2009. In looking at potential teams it became clear that Josh and APR were a natural fit. Finally in December Josh and APR were able to test together and the chemistry was instantaneous, ‘APR Motorsport is absolutely one of the best teams I have had the pleasure of working with. Everything they do is incredibly well thought out and engineered. I really feel like together we can contend for a championship in 2009′. APR Motorsport Team Principal Stephen Hooks was enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with Josh and confident of his abilities, ‘Testing with Josh went very well. I think he has the ability and patience to win a championship with us, this could be a very good season.’
While contending for a championship in a rookie season is difficult, Josh feels that he is up to the challenge. Part of this is due to his past KONI Sports Car Challenge experience, not as a driver but as an engineer, ‘My experience last year working as a Race Engineer in the KONI Sports Car Challenge paddock will really help me this year. I’ve been around the series so I have a grasp of the strategy and pacing of the race, as well as a bit of knowledge of the tracks. Combine this with APR’s really strong cars and I know we will have a great shot this year’. In addition to working with VW again this season, Josh will be continuing his relationship with Gunther Volkswagen of Coconut Creek, the largest dealer by volume in the US. ‘I’m really proud to be a representative of Gunther. It is an honor to be representing them again this year. It takes the best of everything to run up front, and not only am I working with one of the best manufacturers, but with the best team and sponsors in the world. I just can’t wait for 2009 to begin.