Jean Alesi takes on the Indy 500 in a Lotus

The 96th Indy 500 scheduled to run on 27 May 2012 will see the return to competitive racing of one of F1’s most admired drivers. Jean Alesi, who joined Group Lotus as a brand ambassador earlier this year will tackle his first competitive oval race, 10 years after he hung up his helmet from Formula One.

Frankfurt 2011: Audi presents the new A5 DTM

On the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi has unveiled its much-anticipated 2012 DTM challenger – the A5 DTM. Bearing the internal project name “R17” at Audi Sport, the new A5 DTM conforms to the new technical regulations that will come into effect for the 2012 DTM season, which have been designed to achieve three key aims: improve the safety of the vehicle, reduce costs by up to 40 percent and showcase a spectacular exterior design.

Audi A5 DTM concept steals BMW’s thunder (w/VIDEO)

Not wishing to be outdone by the launch of BMW’s M3 DTM Concept, Audi has revealed a rendering of its own 2012 challenger – the A5 DTM Concept. Internally named “R17”, the A5 DTM will replace the four-door A4 DTM with which Audi has won the DTM title four times since 2004.

Audi Motorsport unveils TT-based GT4 contender

Audi finally lifted the wraps on its much anticipated TT GT4 at last weekend’s final round of the DTM series in Shanghai. The TT, developed by the Technical Development and the Production divisions plus quattro GmbH, is intended to extend Audi’s new modular customer motorsport program from 2012 onwards.

Paul Di Resta is crowned 2010 DTM champion

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished second in the final race of the 2010 DTM in Shanghai winning his first DTM Championship title. Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the Shanghai race and finished the season runner-up ahead of Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) who completed the Mercedes-Benz 1-2-3 success in the drivers’ championship.

Sunday’s result represented the 9th win for Mercedes in a season of 11 DTM rounds, sealing both drivers and manufacturers titles.