Oakley's Skateboarding Legend Rune Glifberg Completes First Career Auto Race

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Oakley’s professional skateboarder Rune Glifberg raced in the Volkswagon Jetta TDI Cup event at New Jersey Motorsports Park last Sunday. While the 2008 & 2009 X-Games Skateboard Park gold medal winner has driven at several racing schools, Sunday was the first time Glifberg competed in an auto race. The skateboarding legend earned a 21st place finish after turning in a solid performance.

“I really had a lot of fun out there,” said Glifberg.  "I think I was able to learn a considerable amount throughout the weekend and overall, it was a great experience.  The standing start at the beginning of the race was very exciting, what an amazing way to get things going.  As the race went on, I found myself running a bit behind the lead pack, so I just made sure to run consistently and watch my mirrors to make sure I didn’t get lapped.  The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup is truly a great Series, these drivers are so talented – I saw plenty of close, competitive racing today and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to participate."

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.