HERNDON, Va. (May 5, 2010) – Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that 2008 & 2009 X-Games Skateboard Park gold medal winner, Rune Glifberg, will be joining the field this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park to compete in Round Three of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup season on Sunday, May 9.
While he has spent the majority of his life on four wheels, this weekend’s event will provide yet another challenge for the Danish skateboarder; as this time, those four wheels will be under a Jetta TDI Cup car. Glifberg has extensive driving experience that he’s gained through participation in several driving schools, but Sunday will mark the first time he’s competed in an auto race.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s Jetta TDI Cup event,” said Glifberg. “I’ve heard some great things about the Series and I’m excited to be able to participate in one of their races. I’ve had a decent bit of track time and I’m definitely a car enthusiast, but Sunday will be a brand new experience for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to learn enough about the car during practice and qualifying, so I can go out there and give the other drivers a run for their money.”
Glifberg will participate in not only Sunday’s Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup race, but he’ll also take part in all on and off-track events, including practice and qualifying. While he’ll be a full participant, he will be ineligible for points or prize money. Full-time Series participants will move up the final race results accordingly.
Having been born in Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1970’s, being a professional skateboarder was probably one of the least likely career paths for Rune Glifberg. After he started skating at eleven, that probability soon turned into a reality. Being naturally talented, Rune went on to win first place at the Slam City Jam ten years later.
Anyone who’s seen Rune’s full-on assault on any and all things transition can tell you that he’s one of the most aggressive and stylish people to ever skate. On anything from tiny mini-ramps to tight-trannied pools to half pipes, Rune straight up kills it. Combine that with his sense of humor and easy-going personality and you get one of the most loved skateboarders of our time.
When not competing, Rune routinely sessions backyard pools and skateparks with Mike Crum and Jake Brown. Rune also is vocal and active in the independence rights of Christiania, a self-governed town in his home country of Denmark. Sales from Rune’s “Forsvar” Etnies shoe benefitted the community.
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About the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup
The SCCA Pro Racing Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was launched in 2008 as way to introduce clean diesel technology to the U.S. market and develop the best of motorsport’s up-and-coming talent. During the season, young, up and coming drivers (between ages 16-26) compete on road courses around North America in identical factory-prepared clean diesel powered Jetta TDI’s. Each driver competing in the Series earns a professional racing license from SCCA Pro Racing at the conclusion of the season. In addition to more than $50,000 in prize money at stake during the season, the Series Champion receives Volkswagen factory career advancement support with a value up to $100,000.
The Jetta TDI Cup car is powered by a 2.0-liter, 170 hp, four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine mated to a six-speed, double-clutch, automatic DSG transmission. The car is only slightly modified from stock with Pirelli racing tires, race suspension and brake components, drivers racing safety seat, FIA roll cage and an on-board fire extinguisher system. Series sponsors include: Pirelli, Bosch, ViON, Castrol, Oakley, Red Bull, Staubli, Aggreko, defNder, Lamin-X, Volkswagen Driver Gear, Volkswagen Parts & Service, iRacing, Safety-Kleen and Ringer Gloves.
About Volkswagen of America
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Golf, GTI, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Eos, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com to learn more.
About SCCA Pro Racing:
A wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc., SCCA Pro Racing Inc. is a leading sanctioning body for motorsports events in the United States. A member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), SCCA Pro Racing operates and sanctions the World Challenge Championships, the SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, SCCA Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup, SCCA Pro Trans-Am Series, Spec Racer Ford Pro Series and Formula Enterprises Pro Series. For more information, please visit www.sccapro.com