VW Picks Drivers for Biodiesel-fueled Races

John Davis

Twenty-five drivers, including 16 new ones, have been chosen for the third season of Volkswagen’s 2010 Jetta TDI® Cup, an SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned event that features young drivers (16 to 26 years old) driving practically identical VWs running on a 5 percent biodiesel blend.

This VW press release says the racing begins in April:

“Our third year for the Jetta TDI Cup is already shaping up to be the best one yet,” said Clark Campbell, Motorsport Manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We were given the extremely difficult task of selecting only 25 drivers from a such diverse group of individuals who, honestly, all deserve the chance to compete. With 16 new drivers and 9 more returning from previous seasons, the field is undoubtedly set for top-notch competition and racing excitement.”

Drivers will race in ten Jetta TDI Cup events spanning seven road courses in the United States and Mexico in identical, factory-prepared and maintained Jetta TDIs running on clean diesel fuel. The series Champion will win $100,000 toward career development support from Volkswagen, while every driver who competes in the series will earn a Pro Racing license from SCCA at the finish of the season.

You can see the complete list of drivers and the race schedule here.