Series bosses from the FIA World Touring Car Championship have confirmed – as we reported in April – that the championship will make its debut on American soil in the 2012 season, with a September date slated for a round at Infineon Raceway in California.
A three-year deal has been signed with the Sonoma circuit’s president, Steve Page, who paid a visit to last weekend’s Race of Spain at Valencia.
“We were keen for a number of reasons to bring the WTCC to our track,” Page told AUTOSPORT.
“We are always looking to expand our menu and we thing WTCC provides excellent racing. Northern California has a strong racing fan base, so I think the WTCC will develop a good following. It is also a way to expose our raceway to a worldwide audience,” he added.
The event will be the first on North American soil since the now-cancelled Race of Mexico at Puebla, which last hosted the series in 2009.
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