The organizers of NASCAR and GRAND-AM are planning to stage a United States-based race series for DTM racing cars like the Audi RS 5 DTM, opening a new motorsports opportunity for the German carmaker. Grand-Am Road Racing and the International Motor Sports Association inked a license and cooperation deal with the Internationale Tourenwagen-Rennen (ITR e.V.), which administers DTM racing.
This means that a dedicated platform for DTM cars should be in place in the US by 2016. The agreement complements a similar deal with the Japanese Super GT Championship organizers. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Member of the Board for Technical Development at Audi AG, said the deal means an opportunity arises in the future to race the Audi RS 5 DTM not only in Europe, but also in Asia and North America in premium championships.
Audi has been engaged in motorsport and was frequently successful in the USA during this period. In the 1980s, Audi won three straight victories at the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado. In 1988, Audi led the Trans-Am Series, and in 1989 the Audi 90 quattro was the prevailing car in the IMSA GTO series.
Audi also grabbed the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) championship title nine times in a row from 2000 and 2008. In January 2013, the Audi R8 GRAND-AM grabbed a GT victory in the 24-hour race at Daytona. Just nearly two weeks ago, the Audi grabbed its 11th victory in the 12-hour race at Sebring with the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro.
“As a consequence, the opportunity arises in the future to race the Audi RS 5 DTM not only in Europe, but also in Asia and North America in premium championships,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, Member of the Board for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “As a globally active company, this is exciting and interesting for Audi.” Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America: “Audi has a strong and spectacular history in US motorsport. We are currently looking for options that will allow the four rings to be more visible again on the race tracks throughout the USA. It’s fantastic news that there could soon be a US DTM. The Audi RS models are very popular in America. I’m convinced that our customers will be delighted to see the Audi RS 5 DTM in action.”