DTM to race at Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the first time in 2020
The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and the management of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza have reached an agreement to hold the round of the German-based championship at the legendary Italian racetrack. The precise date of the Monza DTM race weekend, along with the full schedule for next year’s DTM series, will be announced in October.
The announcement was made ahead of this weekend’s 84th running of the Italian Grand Prix at the Milanese venue. The Italian track, one of the oldest in Europe, has hosted Formula 1 since the world championship began back in 1950 – with just one sole exception, in 1980.
DTM will come to Monza for the first time in the history, and Monza will become the fourth Italian circuit in the series. Mugello was hosting DTM between 1994 and 1996, and then again in 2007 and 2008. Adria Raceway hosted DTM three times in 2003, 2004 and 2010. Most recently, DTM made a comeback to Italy at Misano’s World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in 2018 and then again in 2019.
ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger said: “For motorsport fans all over the world, Monza is legendary. The characteristics of the circuit promise wheel-to-wheel duels at high speeds as well as good opportunities for overtaking.”
ITR’s Managing Director Achim Kostron added: “For our three key automotive brands – Aston Martin, Audi and BMW – Italy is a hugely important market. We’re grateful to everyone at Misano for having been a fantastic partner during DTM’s return to Italy over the past two years. For our next step, we want to further increase awareness of DTM in Italy; racing at the country’s most famous racetrack, combined with the surrounding Milan metropolitan area, will help us achieve that.”
Pietro Benvenuti, General Manager Autodromo Nazionale Monza said: “This is the first time that DTM will race at Monza – we’re proud to host a round of this series. These races, backed by an important organisation, will allow us to further develop the potential of our circuit. We plan to create an event for the audience not solely limited to motorsport, but something that will involve fans in an unprecedented experience.”