2008 was the inaugural season for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup.
The Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing division sanctioned the series.
The series is limited to thirty drivers aged 16 to 26.
Volkswagen is distributing $250,000 in prize money, with the Jetta TDI Cup champion awarded $100,000 to advance their racing career.
Identically prepared Volkswagen Jetta TDI is raced by the competitors. The Jetta uses a four-cylinder 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine, which runs on Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel. The power is transferred through a six-speed, double-clutch automatic DSG transmission. The package produces 170-horsepower with 258 ft-lbs of torque.
The cars are fitted 240/640-18” Pirelli racing tires mounted on 8.5 X 18” alloy rims. Stopping the Volkswagen are four-piston calipers with 14” diameter rotors on the front and on the rear single-piston calipers with 10” diameter rotors. A Recaro racing seat, driver-side window safety net, six-point racing harness, FIA roll cage and an FIA-approved on-board fire extinguisher system are installed for safety. The Jetta has a curb weight of 2,844-pounds.
The eight-race season begins at the end of April at Virginia International and ends in October at Road Atlanta. The weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park will be a doubleheader.
The final round of the eight-race 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was held at Road Atlanta. Drivers would compete in a thirty-minute contest around the twelve-turn 2.54-mile road course.
This was the only event of the season completed without a full course caution period.
|The start for the final round (race eight) of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup at Road Atlanta. Leading the field of twenty-nine drivers into corner one is the pole-sitter, Mark Pombo, in the No. 20 FUL / Raceworks VW Jetta TDI. Beside Pombo is the other front-row starter and the second fastest qualifier, Chris Holman, driving the No. 31 Universal Technical Institute VW Jetta TDI.|
|Liam Kenney opened the season at Virginia International Raceway with a twenty-sixth-place finish. After that event, his results improved. The driver of the No. 35 Hitachi Vion VW Jetta TDI entered the finale with three podium finishes, one of which was a victory and a chance to earn the title. Kenney qualified sixth fastest but was on a mission to collect the championship. He was first to the checker but was five points short of the crown.|
|Josh Hurley would have to finish at least second to secure the title. Hurley also had a poor start to the season with a twenty-fourth place in the opener. However, during the rest of the year, Hurley never finished worse than seventh place and won at Portland. He qualified fourth at Road Atlanta and finished second. He captured the championship, $100,000 and a trip to Germany to compete in an ADAC Polo Cup race.|
|Another title contender was Mark Pombo. The local racer won the season opener at Virginia International Raceway and entered Road Atlanta third in the title chase. Pombo won the pole in the No. 20 FUL / Raceworks VW Jetta TDI in the qualifying session. Unfortunately, he slid down the race order and finished third. Pombo would also finish third in the final standings.|
|Canadian Chris Holman, drove the No. 31 Universal Technical Institute VW Jetta TDI. Holman’s best race of the season was at his home track Mosport International Raceway where he qualified twelfth and finished second on a damp circuit. He was gridded second for the thirty-minute contest at Road Atlanta. However, Holman could not maintain the position and finished fourth. He was sixth in the championship standings.|
|Michael DeNino’s season included a couple of highlights. DeNino qualified on the pole at Lime Rock Park and collected a third-place result at Iowa Speedway after starting twelfth. He was the third fastest in the qualifying session in the final round at Road Atlanta, driving the No. 36 Castrol VW Jetta TDI. DeNino kept pace with the leaders during the race but lost positions to Liam Kenney and Josh Hurley and finished fifth.|
|1||6||Liam Kenney||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|2||4||Josh Hurley||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|3||1||Mark Pombo||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|4||2||Chris Holman||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|5||3||Michael DeNino||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|6||7||Caleb Kenney||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|7||5||Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|8||8||David Jurca||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|9||12||Andy Lee||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|10||13||Nick Mancuso||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|11||11||Taylor Broekemeier||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|12||9||Chris Castagna||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|13||16||Gary Williams Jr.||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|14||17||Evan Pflock||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|15||19||Adam Crepin||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|16||24||Andrew Cordeiro||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|17||15||Adam Love||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|18||21||Chris Kuenning||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|19||18||David Richert||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|20||23||Wyatt Dallenbach||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|21||14||Adam Kretschmer||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|21||22||Noah Arundel||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|23||26||Chad Brassfield||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|24||27||Ryan Buetzer||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|25||25||David Heinz||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||18||-|
|26||10||Timmy Megenbier||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||17||-|
|27||20||Jake Dallenbach||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||10||Did Not Finish|
|28||-||Jimmy Underhill||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||-||Did Not Start|
|29||-||Derek Jones||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||-||Did Not Start|
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