The FIA World Touring Car Championship series organisers have tentatively reached an agreement that would see the championship race in the United States for the first time in 2012, after holding talks with officials from Infineon Raceway. A race date in September 2012 has been pencilled into nest year’s championship calendar.
The undulating Californian circuit already plays host to the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“Bringing the championship to USA was the next item in our agenda and the last one to fulfil our aim for a really global calendar,” WTCC series boss Marcello Lotti is quoted as saying.
“So far we had worked to establish our European and South American events, reinforce our presence in Asia and return to Morocco. Now we feel that the time has come to expand to the US market that is a priority for our manufacturers and stakeholders. Infineon Raceway is a modern racetrack with impressive facilities, and I believe it is the ideal location to host a WTCC event. I am very satisfied of the meeting we had with [circuit boss] Steve Page that enabled us to find an agreement for submitting to the FIA the proposal to enter the WTCC Race of US in the 2012 calendar.”
“The WTCC offers the kind of door-to-door hard-fought competition that American racing fans really respond to and we’re very excited about the opportunity to introduce this series to the North American continent,” added Page.
“The Infineon Raceway road course is an ideal circuit for these cars and we look forward to introducing Sonoma-style racing to a world-wide audience.”
Should the event be given the green light, this will mark the WTCC’s return to the North American continent for the first time since 2009, following the Race of Mexico’s cancellation from its usual base at Mexico.
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