The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, will be the venue for Round 6 of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup on Sunday August 1 at 09:50. Practice and qualifying sessions for this event will take place on Saturday July 31, where drivers will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the 21-turn, 3.56 mile racetrack. Launched in 2008 with the goal of giving beginner drivers the opportunity to develop their talent, while at the same time introducing clean diesel technology to the United States market, the SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup has earned its place on the calendar as a popular motorsport event.
During the racing season, drivers between the ages of 16 and 26 who have been recognized as having potential to take on the fast-paced world of auto racing and succeed, compete on road courses at venues around North America. Driving identical factory-prepared clean diesel powered Volkswagen Jetta TDI’s, competitors are awarded a professional racing license from SCCA Pro Racing at the successful conclusion of the season. In addition to the sheer exhilaration of competing in this series, drivers who achieve can look forward to generous prize money, with the Series Champion being the recipient of up to $100,000 worth of career advancement support from the sponsors, Volkswagen.
There are a number of factors that sets the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series in a league of its own. It is the only clean diesel racing series to be held in the United States, with Volkswagen being the only manufacturer participating on a full-time basis in motorsport with diesel-powered cars. In keeping with the growing demand for reducing our carbon footprints, the TDI diesel engine technology provides improved fuel economy when compared to gasoline engines, as well as boasting a 95 percent sooty emission reduction, even under the most demanding of racing conditions. As the cars are maintained by Volkswagen of America, competitors are assured of a level playing field, where driving skill is paramount. From a marketing viewpoint, the series appeals to spectators as the cars on the racetrack are similar to the cars available at local Volkswagen dealerships. If they make the grade under punishing racing conditions, they can be counted on to make the grade as a day-to-day means of transport.
The Canadian International Auto Show will kick off on the 12th of February 2010, and will feature a variety of activities and expos for visitors to enjoy. Motoring enthusiast will be able to attend and enjoy, such as the Cruise Nationals, Shelby Showcase, Subaru Sweepstakes, Centre Stage, and for the younger visitors, there will be a Volkswagen Children’s Play Care Centre. Over and above the cars and entertainment, there will also be contests and give-aways throughout the show.
For more information in regard to this spectacular event and ticket prices, visit the official website at http://www.autoshow.ca/info/.
Date: 12 – 21 February 2010
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Bug Jam VW Festival is hands down the most thrilling and action packed celebration of VW vehicles, in all shapes, sizes, models and ages. Over and above VW racing and drag racing events, VW enthusiasts are invited to camp for the weekend and enjoy other activities and entertainment such as Wheelie Cars, Jet Bugs, Concerts, stunts, exhibitions, Black Nights parachute display, traders, fun fair and much, much more.
For more information in regard to this fun weekend, visit the Bug Jam website at http://www.bugjam.co.uk/
Date: July 17, 2009
Venue: Santa Pod Raceway
City: Podington, Wellingborough
Country: United Kingdom
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!
Production vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from family cars to off-road vehicles and much, much more. Each production vehicle manufacturer will create a number of models for mass production, thus providing people with a wide choice of vehicles to suit their needs and budgets. The auto production industry is a perfect example of market forces in action – successful vehicles sell in great quantities and for a long time, while models rejected by the market are soon withdrawn. The history of the automibile reflects the changing tastes of the buying public, whose demands are quickly met by the production vehicles designed and produced by automakers worldwide – and competition for consumer dollars is fierce.
In the United States, the main manufacturers of production vehicles are General Motors, Ford and Chrysler (now officially DaimlerChrysler) – traditionally known as ‘The Big Three’. There used to be many more independent automakers, but almost all have gone out of business or have been absorbed by their larger rivals. Some of these bygone makers of American production vehicles were Studebaker, Packard, Hudson, Nash, Willys and Kaiser. A few of these small independent manufacturers joined forces to form American Motors (AMC), but even this wasn’t enough to ensure survival and AMC was bought out by Chrysler in the mid 1970s.
Foreign production vehicles began arriving on American shores after the Second World War. Names like MG, Triumph and Jaguar (England), Volkswagen and Mercedes (Germany), Fiat and Alfa Romeo (Italy) and Renault (France) achieved varying amounts of success here. However, it was the Japanese who have made the biggest impact, and are now the largest foreign-owned manufacturers of production vehicles in the USA. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Subaru are the biggest names and most successful.
Many types of production vehicles are manufactured to directly meet certain automotive needs. Jeep specializes in off-road vehicles that are able to cope with rough terrain and are perfect for adventurous people who want to explore. Porsche and Lamborghini are well known for their powerful and luxurious sports cars. If there’s a recognizable need in the market, you can be sure the automakers will address it with a new production vehicle!