German DTM Racing Coming to U.S. in 2013

Racing | October 20th, 2010 by 10
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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 …

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.

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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 ]

10 responses to “German DTM Racing Coming to U.S. in 2013”

  1. Murph says:

    nice!!! excellent news

  2. BMVS says:

    I hope that BMW will return to the formula 1 as soon as possible, and will take 1st place!!!

    • Ted Spahr says:

      Sadly I don’t think that’ll happen until 2013 at the earliest, if at all.

    • BIMMER1 says:

      Meh, they don’t want to commit the money that it takes to win in F1. Plus, I’d rather see them dominating in GT racing and win LeMans again. I would even rather see them build another prototype car to race at LeMans/ALMS/ELMS events. That way I can at least go watch them in person without traveling halfway around the world and paying $200 for a race ticket.

    • Alvin Wong says:

      Eh, Formula 1 is just a money game. I’d rather see them in production-based racing like WTCC and ALMS.

  3. BIMMER1 says:

    So if NASCAR only runs on two road courses, will they be running on oval tracks? I doubt it. I can’t see that info being correct. I’d say it’s much more likely that they will just be a support race for most of or all of the Grand Am Rolex events. Just like the Conti Challenge series is. DTM is not going to be running on oval tracks. That goes against everything DTM stands for.

    • Alvin Wong says:

      No, they’re road-course circuits, not ovals.

      • BIMMER1 says:

        Well according to the article they are going to run 6 events in combination with NASCAR races, and NASCAR only runs on two road courses. And even if the other 4 tracks they were running at also had an alternate road/infield course, anyone who’s been to a NASCAR event will tell you that those areas of the track with be covered with fans/tractor trailers/campers/tents/food stands/etc and would not be able to hold races at the same time.

  4. TomE says:

    I’d love to see DTM over here. It would be a big plus to the currently somewhat languid DP series (perhaps DTM would be the feature event). As for NASCRAP events, there are now 2 at the Glen, and one of the support series runs Montreal. Add Sears and you have 4 venues out of 6 mooted. The road course at Homestead makes 5. Only 1 more needed. Cheers

  5. Danny164l says:

    HHmmmmm WWOOOOOwwww I love that scene with all those different brand name car…WOW look at that!!…… Boring series. 

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