Volkswagen is the Official Pace Car of SCCA Volkswagen and Sports Car Club of America announced today an official partnership naming Volkswagen the Official Pace Car of SCCA and SCCA Pro Racing. As part of its official sponsorship, Volkswagen will provide pace vehicles for the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs(R) Presented by AT&T as well as course vehicles for The Tire Rack(R) SCCA Solo National Championships.
"Volkswagen was a driving force in SCCA history for many years," said Clark Campbell, motorsport manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "We're excited to be back on the track with our SCCA partnership, increasing interest in the SCCA competition and bring our new and exciting products to the track."
"We're excited to partner with Volkswagen, both through its contingency program and now as the Official Pace Car," said Eric Prill, SCCA vice president, marketing and communications. "Volkswagen has a rich history of motorsports, particularly grassroots racing and we're proud to help carry on that tradition."
Two Volkswagen GLI Fahrenheits will serve as the official pace cars and have received body kit upgrades, full graphics package and a full light package. The vehicles will be present at all World Challenge races remaining in 2007 and through 2009. The same vehicles will also pace all 25 races at the National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park Topeka Oct. 12-14.
In addition to the pace vehicles, Volkswagen will provide 10 course vehicles for the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, held at Heartland Park Topeka Sept. 25-28.
Earlier in the 2007 season, Volkswagen announced a contingency award program with a payout amount of up to $300,000 available to Volkswagen participants in SCCA. The automaker has already awarded more than $48,000 in contingency prize money this season. The contingency program is designed to monetarily reward Volkswagen drivers when they compete and finish on the podium at SCCA sanctioned events.