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DTM has eyes on USAUPDATE While much hasn’t been said about the proposed American-based DTM championship, originally penciled in for a 2013 launch, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt confirmed that talks are still alive and well to bring the high-spec touring cars to GRAND-AM race weekends in the future.
“From BMW's side, I can say we're in full support of the idea to bring BMW and the DTM cars over to America and have a series over here,” Marquardt said. “At the same time, we're obviously concentrating in Europe with introducing a complete new set of regulations and completely new cars.
“But... we’re also pushing real hard in getting a series over here. I think we're making really good progress. Everybody involved is doing their best. There are a few things that need to be sorted out, but I'm still quite positive that we're moving in the right direction. It's just taking a little bit of time.” Speed.com
07/06/11 Those responsible for the DTM are eying an appearance in the USA in 2012. The DTM will be revamped for next year. With the introduction of new regulations BMW returns back into the scene, and the other manufacturers are again excited for the series. The racing series, in cooperation with Japan and the U.S., should open the door to global attraction says ITR Boss Hans Werner Aufrecht in 'DTM Magazine' "We offer the best cost-benefit ratio for the manufacturers."
The AMG-founder is confident that BMW is not the only manufacturer that will enter DTM. "There are many standing at the door and want to join the DTM," says the72-year-old. The new regulations are only part of the realignment. "The manufacturers want the Chinese market. There are hurdles in the implementation, but the job of producers is clear."
He named Laguna Seca as a possible venue in the USA. "Maybe we can go over there as soon as 2012 for a race -. That is under discussion and we might start a USA series in 2013," said the ITR CEO. There is also speculation about a possible race in Las Vegas. "We may want to start in 2012 even with two USA races."
Aufrecht said he wants a Chinese and an American driver in the series.
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