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After Nearly Two Decades, BMW Returns To DTM: Video


On Sunday, April 29, BMW will return to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series for the first time since the 1994 season. Granted, that absence includes the three-year-period from 1997 through 1999 when the DTM series was on hiatus, but that doesn’t make Sunday’s race at Hockenheim any less significant to the BMW faithful.

Three factory-backed teams will campaign the BMW M3 DTM this season, including BMW Team RMG (which includes American driver Joey Hand), BMW Team Schnitzer and BMW Team RBM. The M3s will face competition from the Audi A5 DTM and the DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe, both of which are also new for the 2012 season.

This season’s ten race schedule includes stops at Brands Hatch in England, the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Zandvoort in the Netherlands and Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain. In 2013, the DTM series will come to North America as well, as part of NASCAR’s Grand-Am road racing series.

Longer term, rule changes to ensure commonality between the DTM, Grand Am and Japanese GT300 series will result in a single, unified road racing series, set to debut in 2015. Frankly, we can’t wait.
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  1. Somebody help out a rabid DTM fan here!! Is SPEED channel televising the 1st Hockenheim race live - or whatever? Tape delay, rebroadcast, don't care. Just can't find it anywhere on the schedule for April 29th..........dammit. Pissin me off!!
     
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  2. On a lighter note, as a C63 AMG owner, get ready to get your asses kicked BMW.......and especially Audi. We owe you one from last year.
     
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  3. @MMMMM, as far as I know, Speed isn't covering DTM. If you head to the DTM home page (DTM.com), you can view the race on DTM TV, starting at 10:00 Eastern on 4/29.
     
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  4. Thanks, Kurt......'preciate it.
     
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  5. D.T.M. cars would be the most stylish racers of all. I am excited they are coming to the US
     
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  6. Yes!! A 1-2 finish for MB-AMG, one race down, what, 10 to go? And BURKETWO, nuff said. German NASCAR is coming to the U.S., thank you very much Mr. Hans Werner Aufrecht, the craziest - or 2nd craziest next to Erhart Melcher - AMG engineer ever!!!!
     
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