The DTM will be working together with NASCAR in the creation of an American series for its new cars starting in 2013. This is being done as part of the internationalization project that has quickened its pace after BMW showed interest in returning to the DTM ranks. DTM recently confirmed its 2012 entry at Hockenheim.
DTM promoter ITR also revealed details of plans to permit the cars to soon participate in races throughout America and Asia. In an interview with Autosport, TR boss Hans Werner Aufrecht said that the company is teaming up with NASCAR in America and that it aims to have a championship with 12 races -- six with Grand-Am and six with NASCAR events -- in the US starting in 2013.
Aufrecht said that this plan would be “very, very good for the future of motorsport in the US.” He also confirmed that the planned races would be exclusively for next-generation DTM cars, instead of running as a class in another series in America.
Aufrecht added that these plans are at the discussion stage, but he said that the Japanese motorsport federation is expected very soon to agree to run the top class of Super GT - GT500 - exclusively to DTM technical regulations from 2013.
He shared that this agreement is now being finalized and he anticipates that it will be completed in November.
If this deal pushes through, it means that the Japanese federation will accept the regulations from Germany, and as a result, the GT500 cars will race with the same regulations as Europe in the future. [via autosport]