North American Touring Car Championship

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North American Touring Car Championship
Category Super Touring
Country  United States
 Canada
Inaugural season 1996
Folded 1997
Last Drivers' champion United States David Donohue
Last Makes' champion Japan Honda

The North American Touring Car Championship was a touring car racing series using the Supertouring formula that raced in North America in 1996 and 1997. The series was funded in part by IndyCar team owner Gerald Forsythe with input from British series supremo Alan Gow. He appointed his Vice-President of Business Operations, Canadian Roger Elliott to run the operation headquartered in Tampa, Florida. The Dodge Stratus factory team engineered and crewed by PacWest Racing[1] and Honda Accord factory team operated by TC Kline Racing dominated the series as they were one of the only truly professional outfits to contest the championship. The series ran as a support series to CART road and street course races.[2]

While popular with fans, the series struggled to attract teams, with most races in the 1996 season only having 11 or 12 entrants.[3] 1997 saw even fewer entrants with only 9 or 10 cars on track for most of the races.[4] The series was not continued for 1998.

Champions[edit]

Season Drivers' Champion Manufacturers' Champion Season article
1996[3] United States Randy Pobst (Honda Accord) Japan Honda season
1997[4] United States David Donohue (Dodge Stratus) Japan Honda season

Notable drivers[edit]

Hartong Motorsports BMW driven by Darren Law

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Dominic Dobson". Dobson Motorsport. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Provisional 1997 schedule released". Press release. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "North American Touring Car Championship 1996". Autocourse.ca. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "North American Touring Car Championship 1997". Autocourse.ca. Retrieved 31 January 2011.