Green Racing Documentary To Follow Only Diesel Racing Series in U.S.

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Volkswagen has announced that the documentary “Racing Under Green”—detailing the trials and tribulations of the Jetta TDI Cup, the U.S.’ only professional green racing series—will premiere the week of January 18 on the various channels of Discovery Networks, including Planet Green, Discovery Channel, and The Science Channel.

In addition to following the stories of last season’s 25 drivers, the hour long documentary will examine some of the “green” aspects of the Jetta TDI Cup, including the use of biodiesel blends and the support of carbonfund.org.

Applications to be a driver in the 2010 Jetta TDI series are currently open. Apparently it doesn’t take that much to apply: you need to be between 16 and 26 and have a passport in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. Oh, you also need to cough up 45,000 bucks by the end of today, Dec. 11th. Hmmm, my grand plans are slipping away from me with every word I type. But I’m sure there are some ambitious youth out there who can round up some industry support in the next 8 hours—that $45,000 is fully refundable if you don’t make the cut.

VW says as many as 125 drivers will be selected to attend a February Las Vegas event in which the final group of 25 drivers will be selected.

In 2008, VW produced some short youtube-ready documentaries about the 2008 Jetta TDI Cup. For a flavor of what you might expect from this year’s TV-ready documentary, check out the clips from 2008 below.

So, go forth and race young greenlings… and for all the rest of us, we’ll be content watching you get picked apart in next year’s documentary.

Source: The Detroit Bureau

Image Credit: VW

 

Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.