Up until now only nine of the ten events for the 2009 season of the Jetta TDI Cup had been announced. Now Volkswagen of America, Inc. has finally announced the last host in the series of races – Miller Motorsports Park. The track, which is located in Salt Lake City, is set to host Round Three of the event from May 15-17.
The 2009 Jetta TDI Cup is SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned and fans already know that they can expect top racing from this fantastic auto racing event. Clark Campbell, the Motorsport Manager for Volkswagen of America, Inc., said: “I’m very pleased with the addition of Miller Motorsports Park to our schedule, as it is an excellent circuit to host one of our events. In addition, this race helps us broaden the geographic reach of our series in hopes of spreading the word about the many benefits of clean diesel performance and technology.”
This is only the second season of the still new and young Jetta TDI Cup and it is scheduled to begin at Virginia International Raceway on April 24. The racing action is always exciting since it sees 30 young, undiscovered and unproved drivers take to the track to compete in a series of ten different events on as many as eight different road courses around the country. There is no way of telling what will happen or who will come out on top. The prize money is good, with the series champion taking $100 000 home with him, while each and every driver also gets to earn a Pro Racing license from the SCCA by the end of the season. Drivers are aged between sixteen and twenty-six and the resulting explosion of talent and skill is nail-biting to watch. Competitors in the race are also aware that it is a great opportunity to kick-start their racing careers and they take it very seriously.
Kyle Novak, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup SCCA Program Manager, noted that the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season would see these young drivers competing on some of the most challenging and illustrious road courses in North America. He said that these circuits would be a “test of driving ability” and that the result of this would be that “drivers will be equipped with the skills necessary to launch their careers in racing.” He added that the events provide “great exposure because they’ll often be racing alongside some of the best road course drivers and teams from Grand-Am and ALMS.” The 2009 Jetta TDI Cup is certainly not one to be missed so start making your arrangements now!
The Infineon Raceway has long been a favorite amongst drivers, and the track has hosted the Pacific F2000 every year since it was started in 2004. However the track’s popularity has a downside and it seemed as if the Pacific F2000 faced too much competition for the venue this year. Fortunately fans of the race and the track have come together and the Pacific F2000 Championship will be returning to Infineon Raceway later this year.
Originally the plan for this year’s Pacific F2000 was to have the cars race with the Champ Cars at Portland in early July. This would have been the sixth venue of the series. But things changed when the IRL and Champ Cars series were unified earlier this year and so the race coordinators have had to make other plans. The immediate response was to schedule a race at the very popular Infineon Raceway, but the track’s race calendar was already fully booked and the chances of slipping the race in last minute, when one of the clubs already booked decided not to race, were slim. Yet alternate choices were not very attractive since they were either too far away, too small or duplicates of tracks that were already being raced this season. The Infineon Raceway was the perfect choice and all the stops were put out to secure the venue.
The massive problem of securing one of the most popular and demanding venues on the West Coast was solved when the Shelby Club agreed to share the venue with the contestants of the Pacific F2000. Teams, drivers and organizers are all excited about the change in venue as the Infineon Raceway is seen as being a world class venue – the perfect place to end the racing series. With the final race date and venue finally secured, it seems that the 2008 Pacific F2000 Championship race schedule is looking really good. Some of the other venues that will be used during the championship include the Auto Club Speedway, the Buttonwillow Raceway Park, the Willow Springs International Raceway, the Miller Motorsports Park and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The championship, which is presented by Hankook Tires, will end in Vegas, where drivers and fans can end the spectacle in one massive party. The race at the Infineon Raceway is set to take place on July 5 to 6.