The German DTM touring-car series has announced plans to stage races in the United States in 2013, with its high-performance four-door sedans competing on the same program with NASCAR and Grand American Road Racing events.
Last week, BMW announced their return to Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM ) starting in 2012.
InsideLine quoting Autosport magazine, reports on comments made by Hans Werner Aufrecht, director of DTM’s management group: “Beginning in 2013, we hope to have a championship with 12 races in the United States.” He added that six races are to be staged with Grand-Am and six with NASCAR events.
NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series presently competes on only two road-course venues, Infineon Raceway in California and Watkins Glen International in New York. The Grand-Am series is closely affiliated with Daytona Beach, Florida-based NASCAR. The series has one race at each track each year.
American-style stock car racing is popular in other parts of the world, particularly in Mexico and England, but the touring cars are a bigger draw, with Britain and Germany hosting national championship series.
DTM series use production automobiles (Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes) which have been modified for racing.
In recent months BMW has been working with the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V. and the other manufacturers represented in the DTM on issues relating to the future technical regulations, and the long-term internationalisation of the championship.
Next year, BMW will continue to compete in the American LeMans series, in the GT class.
[Source: InsideLine | Autosport ]