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|Category||Spec car racing|
|Last Drivers' champion||JD Mobley|
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The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was a single-make racing series sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. The series was started in 2008 and was a sports car series that ran only in North America, the series quietly folded in 2011.
The series was open to only drivers between the ages of 16 and 26 who held a passport from the United States, Canada, or Mexico. The entry fee for drivers is $45,000. In addition to more than $50,000 in prize money at stake during the season, the series champion received Volkswagen factory career advancement support with a value up to $100,000.
The cars were 2009 Volkswagen Jettas that were modified by the factory for the series. Once completed, the cars were still about 70% stock with the other 30% made up of parts from the VW parts bin, one-off brackets and mounts, and race prepping from outside parties. The cars feature VW's DSG twin shaft, dual clutch automatic transmission and have height adjustable Sachs race suspension. Brakes were controlled by an ATE Racing ABS system and utilize Brembo 4 piston fixed calipers in front and Lucas 1 piston floating caliper disc brakes in the rear. The tires are racing slicks provided by Pirelli. The minimum race weight for the car with driver and equipment is 1,370 kg (3,020 lb). The safety equipment on each car included but was not limited to airbags, seat belts, roll cage, fire extinguishers, and an FIA rated racing seat.
The point system used was similar to other race series in that the most points are awarded to the first place finisher and points are reduced for subsequent finishing places. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup is unique in that the points are halved for the first two races compared to the points for the rest of the season.
|Races 1 & 2||Races 3 through 7|
|1st place||30 points||60 points|
|2nd place||24 points||48 points|
|3rd place||20 points||40 points|
|4th place||17 points||34 points|
|5th place||16 points||32 points|
|6th place||15 points||30 points|
|7th place||14 points||28 points|
|8th place||13 points||26 points|
|9th place||12 points||24 points|
|10th place||11 points||22 points|
|11th place||10 points||20 points|
|12th place||9 points||18 points|
|13th place||8 points||16 points|
|14th place||7 points||14 points|
|15th place||6 points||12 points|
|16th place||5 points||10 points|
|17th place||4 points||8 points|
|18th place||3 points||6 points|
|19th place||2 points||4 points|
|20th place||1 point||2 points|
|Rd.||Date||Track||Pole Position||Winning driver|
|1||April 25–27, 2008||Virginia International Raceway||Josh Hurley||Mark Pombo|
|2||May 16–18, 2008||Mosport International Raceway||Josh Hurley||David Jurca|
|3||July 25–27, 2008||Portland International Raceway||Mark Pombo||Josh Hurley|
|4||August 14–17, 2008||Lime Rock Park||Michael Denino||Chris Castagna|
|5||September 19–20, 2008||Iowa Speedway||Jimmy Underhill||Jimmy Underhill|
|6||September 27–28, 2008|| New Jersey Motorsports Park |
|Race #1 Shane Williams†|
Race #2 Timmy Megenbier
|Race #1 Shane Williams |
Race #1 points David Jurca‡
Race #2 Liam Kenney††
|7||October 1–3, 2008||Road Atlanta||Mark Pombo||Liam Kenney|
† Shane Williams was a guest driver from the ADAC Polo Cup race series in Germany.
‡ David Jurca was awarded the points for a first place finish since Shane Williams did not accrue points in USA race. For points purposes 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers were awarded the points for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. †† Liam Kenney was penalized 20 points for passing the leader, Josh Hurley under double yellow.
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