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Races to air on Speed-TV beginning December 6
The 2009 SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series produced many exciting moments, culminating with Timmy Megenbier’s Championship win. Beginning December 6, race broadcasts of the country’s only professional clean diesel racing series will begin airing on Speed-TV.
During the season, the series contested 10 races on eight circuits across North America. The 2009 campaign began with a double-race weekend at VIRginia International Raceway where two series rookies took home wins and concluded with a thrilling rain-drenched finish at Road Atlanta where local driver Mark Pombo won his final race in the series. The broadcast schedule for the first seven races of the season has been announced, and the final dates will be released at a later date. Each of the races will air in an edited 30-minute broadcast. Check local cable listings for channel information and www.speedtv.com for broadcast schedule updates.
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup TV Broadcast Schedule* (all times Eastern):
- December 6, 5 pm – VIRginia International Raceway – Race #1
- December 6, 5:30 pm – VIRginia International Raceway – Race #2
- December 6, 6 pm – Miller Motorsports Park – Race #3
- December 6, 6:30 pm – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Race #4
- December 13, 5 pm – Autobahn Country Club – Race #5
- December 13, 5:30 pm – Road America – Race #6
- December 20, 5:30 pm – Mosport International Raceway – Race #7
* Additional broadcasts dates will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the race broadcasts, 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 to capture the personalities behind the wheel of the equally-prepared Jetta TDI Cup racecars. Exact broadcast dates and times will be announced at a later date.
Volkswagen is currently accepting driver applications for the 2010 season at www.vwmotorsportusa.com. Potential driver candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 26 as of January 1, 2010 and hold a passport from the U.S., Canada or Mexico. In addition, drivers entering the series for the first time must not have competed in any professional racing series regardless of location. Applicants must submit their application along with a season entry fee of $45,000 by December 11, 2009 in order to be considered as a candidate. The entry fee will be fully refunded to those not chosen as a 2010 series driver.
From the driver applications, 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. This final event will determine the final 25-driver lineup for the 2010 season. The final driver selection event includes three days of professional driving instruction, autocross competition, track time in a Jetta TDI Cup car, physical fitness training, a sponsorship development workshop, marketing and media training, and Volkswagen brand familiarization.