Race fans in the United States currently have several different forms to sample, but another format may soon enter the ring. According to a recent report from Autosport, the German DTM touring car series may soon dip its toes in the American waters within the next few years.
The series, which has its roots in Germany but has since expanded to events across Europe, is reportedly looking to add a few U.S. venues to its roster. Hans Werner Aufrecht, the present director of the DTM group, envisions adding 12 races in the U.S. — six paired with Rolex Grand Am events, and six tied to NASCAR venues.
We wouldn’t be surprised if each race occurs on a road course (as is the case in Germany), but we’re a little confused, as NASCAR’s current schedule includes only two road races. A modified course, perhaps utilizing the track’s infield, may facilitate such a dream.
Regardless, it’s an interesting turn for the DTM series, which seems to be blossoming with new life. For the last three years, Audi and Mercedes-Benz were the only two manufacturers involved in the series. After following an 18-year-absence; BMW announced it will return to the DTM competition in 2012.
You tell us — should DTM hit the states, and if so, what venues should host the European touring cars? Will this appease the American motorsports base, or will this go the way of F1 at Indy? Send us your thoughts, predictions, or advice in the comments section below.