“Rocky” to rock at Nürburgring: An all-time DTM classic
9/5/18 / DTM / Warm-Up
As one of the world’s motorsport hot spots, the Nürburgring is steeped in racing tradition. Inaugurated in 1927 and located at the foot of the medieval Nürburg, it has hosted countless gripping pursuits – often in the turbulent weather it has become known for. The Eifel-based circuit has featured in the DTM for more than three decades and in fact, it’s the only track that has appeared in every DTM racing calendar since the popular series premiered in 1984. Up until 1993, the DTM races were even hosted on the legendary North Loop (Nordschleife) – once dubbed the “Green Hell” by Formula-1 icon Jackie Stewart.
“Rocky”: Firing on all cylinders
Featuring races number 15 and 16, this weekend’s Nürburgring pursuit is the DTM season’s eighth event. Drivers will start on the roughly 3.6 kilometer-long Grand Prix course section. Schaeffler brand ambassador Mike Rockenfeller has already reaped two podium finishes at the Nürburgring during his career. Most recently, Rocky won four top-ten results in a row in Brands Hatch and in the Misano night races – he’s finally back in good shape after his mid-season trough. For his team, Phoenix Racing, the Nürburgring event is a true home game: The Audi squad’s Meuspath-based headquarters is located close to the circuit. So, it comes as no surprise that both Rocky and his crew are traveling to this weekend’s event with confidence.
A long DTM tradition
Schaeffler and its product brands have supported drivers and teams with know-how in motorsport and technology right from the start of the DTM. Since 2011, the technology group has been giving its name to the Schaeffler Audi, celebrating major successes including two title wins. In the DTM, cars with internal combustion engines have traditionally been used. With the help of innovative technologies and products, Schaeffler is working to make IC engines more efficient and fit for the mobility for tomorrow.