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.
Round one of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was held at Virginia International Raceway. Drivers would complete in a thirty-minute contest around the eighteen-turn 3.27-mile road course.
|Lap one of the inaugural Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup at Virginia International Raceway. The pole-sitter, Josh Hurley, leads the front runners through corner three in the No. 11 Oakley VW Jetta TDI. Chasing Hurley is the third fastest qualifier, Timmy Megenbier, driving the No. 17 Bosch / Caputo VW Jetta TDI. In the third spot is the other front-row starter, Caleb Kenney, in the No. 39 GoPro VW Jetta TDI.|
|Mark Pombo was the winner of the inaugural Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup at Virginia International Raceway. Pombo is the son of two-time SCCA Showroom Stock A National Champion Pepe Pombo. He drove the No. 20 Ful Volkswagen Jetta TDI and qualified fourth fastest. Pombo moved up the race order when Timmy Megenbier retired and the first and second-place starters, Josh Hurley and Caleb Kenney, encountered issues.|
|Derek Jones competed in the No. 42 Rick Carling Racing / Athletes Performance VW Jetta TDI. Jones was gridded fifth for the thirty-minute contest at Virginia International Raceway. Like the winner, Mark Pombo, he was a beneficiary of the problems encountered by Timmy Megenbier, Josh Hurley and Caleb Kenney. After eleven laps of racing, he crossed the finish line in the runner-up position.|
|The No. 18 VW Jetta TDI was backed by SCCA Pro Racing. At the end of the season, all series drivers would be issued an SCCA Pro Racing license. The No. 18 Jetta was piloted by Jimmy Underhill. Underhill competed in last season’s SCCA Runoffs at Heartland Park Topeka, where he started thirtieth and finished twenty-fourth in Spec Miata. At Virginia International Raceway, Underhill qualified sixth and finished third.|
|David Jurca piloted the No. 5 Kyosho VW Jetta TDI. The ex-Karter won the 2005 Stars of Karting finals in Austin, Texas. He was the seventh fastest qualifier for round one of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. Jurca drove a steady race and when the leaders, Timmy Megenbier, Josh Hurley and Caleb Kenney’ fell by the wayside, he moved up the lap chart. At the conclusion of the thirty-minute contest, he was in fourth place.|
|The podium for the inaugural round of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup at Virginia International Raceway. Mark Pombo stands in the center as the fourth fastest qualifier and race winner. On the left is the runner-up, Derek Jones, who started in the fifth position. Completing the rostrum is the third-place finisher, Jimmy Underhill.|
|1||4||Mark Pombo||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|2||5||Derek Jones||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|3||6||Jimmy Underhill||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||1||-|
|4||7||David Jurca||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|5||20||Gary Williams Jr.||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|6||2||Caleb Kenney||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|7||21||Chris Kuenning||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|8||11||Chris Castagna||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|9||8||Juan Pablo Sierra Lendle||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|10||10||Michael DeNino||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|11||16||Jake Dallenbach||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|12||34||Adam Kretschmer||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|13||19||Andy Lee||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|14||25||Nick Mancuso||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|15||26||Andrew Cordeiro||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|16||29||Taylor Broekemeier||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|17||28||Adam Love||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|18||17||Wyatt Dallenbach||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|19||23||James Kirkham||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|20||13||Ryan Buetzer||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|21||27||David Richert||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|22||15||John Shim||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|23||18||Evan Pflock||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|24||1||Josh Hurley||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||11||-|
|25||22||Chad Brassfield||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||10||-|
|26||9||Liam Kenney||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||9||Did Not Finish|
|27||14||Adam Crepin||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||9||Did Not Finish|
|28||12||Chris Holman||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||9||Did Not Finish|
|29||3||Timmy Megenbier||Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup||3||Did Not Finish|
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