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United SportsCar Racing unveiled; DTM affiliations explored

On March 14, 2013, United SportsCar Racing was introduced as the new premier North American sports car racing series beginning in 2014, combining the current GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

 The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be the sole sanctioning body moving into 2014. Originally created in 1969 by John Bishop and NASCAR’s Bill France Sr., to produce high-level, professional sports car racing in North America, IMSA has come full circle as a result of the merger. In 2014, IMSA will sanction United SportsCar Racing, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Cooper Tire Prototype Lites, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Ferrari Challenge, and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

 To learn more about United SportsCar Racing and enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona and officially licensed merchandise, visit http://www.unitedsportscar.com/

 

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Exploring an opportunity that could additionally change the face, and the future, of road racing in North America, GRAND-AM Road Racing and IMSA Mar. 26 announced a license and cooperation agreement with the Internationale Tourenwagen-Rennen (ITR e.V.), which administers DTM racing, the German Touring Car Championship.  The collective goal is a North American version of DTM.

The earliest the new series would begin would be 2015, possibly running as part of United SportsCar Racing event weekends. "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.

 If realized, a North American version of DTM would join the current Europe-based DTM and Japan-based SUPER GT platforms. DTM is administered by ITR e.V., SUPER GT by GT Association (GTA). ITR e.V. and SUPER GT agreed last October to a cooperation starting in 2014.

"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,” said ITR chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. “Now, we have to inform and thrill them together with our new partner GRAND-AM/IMSA and encourage them to get involved."

 "This offers the opportunity to use the Audi RS 5 DTM in a premium race series not only in Europe but in Asia and North America too, in the future," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Audi AG's Board of Management member, technical development. "For Audi as a globally operating company, this development represents an exciting and interesting option."

Sports car racing legend Hans Stuck, now the president of Germany's motorsports governing body, Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB), considers the current DTM competitive environment a template for success.

"If you want to hold motor-racing events in car nations such as Germany or the US, your grid must feature cars that have what it takes to fascinate the crowds," Stuck said. "The technical DTM regulations that were developed by DMSB in close cooperation with the car manufacturers involved – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – combine this guideline with an extremely high safety level that also represents an international benchmark. We are delighted that these regulations will be used not only in Europe, in the future, but also in Japan and the US"

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