An American version of the DTM is set to be launched in the next few years after the organisers of the German series, ITR, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Grand-Am and the International Motor Sports Assocation – the sanctioning body of the merged United SportsCar Racing Series.
The goal for the organisations is to create a North American version of the series which could be launched as early as 2015 and would possibly feature as part of the United SportsCar Racing weekends.
Whether the series becomes a reality is largely dependent on whether or not manufacturers are prepared to lend their support to the plans, which would see the proposed new series becoming the third to run to the latest DTM regulations.
The Japanese Super GT series has already entered into a cooperation with the DTM which will start next year.
“On the heels of our United SportsCar Racing and IMSA announcements, reaching this agreement adds to the momentum we're experiencing right now,” Grand-Am president and CEO Ed Bennett said. “The next steps in this process will involve further discussions with various automotive manufacturers, whose commitment to this concept is essential if a North American DTM-style series is to become reality.”
DTM chief Hans Werner Aufrecht said the new regulations introduced into the series had now provided the opportunity for manufacturers to work on a global platform covering the major automotive markets.
“The new technical regulations and the formed partnerships represent - for the first time in the history of the sport - a global platform for the manufacturers involved,” he said. “[It provides] a platform offering them the opportunity to race - on the same technical basis and with the best global promoters as guarantee for a competitive and attractive platform - in the core markets of North America, Europe and Asia.
“In addition to the six German and Japanese manufacturers - Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan and Toyota - which are already involved, the new cooperation quite obviously also offers a new and extraordinary field of activity for the American premium manufacturers such as Cadillac, Lincoln or Dodge SRT within the framework of future motorsport programs.
“Now, we have to inform and thrill them together with our new partner Grand-Am/IMSA and encourage them to get involved.”