DPs To Europe (Again)
There was a story many months ago, in F1 Business magazine,
indicating that there was a plan to bring Daytona Prototypes to
race in Europe. That turned out to be so much hot air – perhaps
this is too?
This time the
story is in (last week’s) Speed Sport News, and written
by Bill Oursler.
Oursler suggests that Jochen Mass is behind a plan
to firstly bring surplus Nextel Cup (NASCAR) machinery to race in
Europe, and then, perhaps, to bring DPs to Europe.
However, Oursler does suggest that the possibility
of DPs racing on the European side of the Atlantic is “purely
speculative at this point” and a Grand-Am spokesman said that
he wasn’t aware of any negotiations between his organisation
and Jochen Mass.
The story continues by pointing out that around
50 Daytona Prototypes have been built so far, and with Grand-Am
grids typically averaging 25 or so, presumably there are plenty
of chassis available, if anyone wanted to run them in Europe. Some
of the available ones would logically include the unloved Picchio
and Multimatic designs though…
Bill Oursler’s piece then loses any credibility
by making a bizarre comparison between Nextel Cup cars and DTM cars…
and we need to quote this part word for word:
Mass were to conclude a deal with Grand-Am to race the cars as a
German Championship, it would not be the first time that that country
would stage a title chase for itself, having created a number of
such ventures over the years, including its present Touring Car
series, which is NASCAR-like in using V-8 engines in what amount
to custom tubeframe vehicles.”
sure that Audi and Mercedes would be delighted at the comparison
between their DTM cars and NASCAR machines…. NOT.
Can you sense
Stephane Ratel and the ACO offering a warm welcome to DPs in Europe?