From as early as 2015 an American version of the popular European-based Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series could take place, according to sources.
A North American version of the German series has been rumoured for some time now, with stories circulating over the past few years. Indeed one of the reasons that attracted BMW back to the series for 2012 was the potential for tie-ups with other global racing series and the ability to develop a car for one series to race also in the USA and Japan.
Last October it was also announced that a deal had been agreed with the organisers of the Japanese Super GT series for a technical partnership that would allow DTM cars to race in Japan. The move could also pave way for brands such as Toyota, Nissan and Honda, to compete in Europe in the DTM.
A delegation from DTM manufacturers, as well as organisers ITR, including Jens Marquardt (BMW), Jürgen Pippig (Audi) and Wolfgang Schattling (Mercedes) will be in the USA on Tuesday to discuss the proposals with representatives from sansctioning body Grand-Am and NASCAR.
An announcement is expected before the opening of the New York International Motor Show at the end of March. It is believed that the series will consist of eight races to be held in conjunction with two organisations – Grand-Am (which will be renamed United Sports Car Racing) and NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing). The opportunity for a DTM-based series to compete alongside NASCAR will be a significant draw for the DTM’s three manufacturers.
The opportunity for DTM cars to compete alongside NASCAR are however limited, with races at Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Road America and Mid-Ohio most likely.