Andy Priaulx says he is excited by the prospect of a move to the USA for the 2014 season after confirmation that he will be part of BMW's assault on the new United SportsCar Championship next year.
BMW announced last week
that the multiple World Touring Car Champion was to move away from the DTM into sportscars after two seasons in the German series.
Priaulx will run with BMW Team RLL in the newly-unified American series at the wheel of a Z4 GTE and he admitted he was ready by the challenges that lies ahead.
“After over two decades as a professional racing driver it is amazing to be given such an exciting new challenge,” he said. “Not only will I be visiting new tracks and racing a new car, but this programme is giving my career even greater longevity. I know BMW Team RLL as I have already raced with these guys in the States. I won with them in Sebring in 2011, and so am looking forward getting back with them and hopefully we will be on the podium very soon.”
Priaulx added that he was excited by the prospect of working with team boss Bobby Rahal on a full-time basis, having taken part in selected GT races in the past.
“Bobby Rahal is a legend,” he said. “To race in a team run by someone with such an amazing racing career, who has won everything there is to win in North America, is a dream come true. I know him and the team from my previous races there and have the highest respect for the way they operate. I am obviously having to say goodbye to many friends who I have raced with over the years in touring cars.
“I want to say a big thank you to Bart Mampaey and all the crew at BMW Team RBM, who I shared many victories and titles with. Also last year I raced with Stefan Rehinhold and BMW Team RMG and had some fun there. I would have loved to go out with a podium, but it was great to qualify in the top three at my final DTM race in Hockenheim.”