One of the partner pieces of news that came down over the week at the Rolex 24 at Daytona was that ZF Friedrichshafen AG – a global leader in driveline and chassis technology – would join IMSA as an Official Partner in a multiyear deal.
ZF, which has a rather large base in Europe, is expanding into North America in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. As IMSA president and COO Scott Atherton said during the week, this “is the first example of a new corporate partnership that is a result of the merger.”
Julio Caspari, president, ZF North America, Inc., expanded on the expansion and on ZF’s Race Reporter Programs.
“You have to have the appropriate products for this market. Now with the market becoming more harmonized between different regions, you see more common sizes, we saw a good opportunity to apply our technologies,” he told MotorSportsTalk. “Our intention is to make our racing efforts more well known in the media, and to other companies.”
The first three Daytona videos are below, all hosted by MRN Radio’s Tony Rizzuti. The first explains the TUDOR Championship classes and structure; the second is an interview with ZF Motorsports Manager Mehmet Ozerman and the third is known as the “ZF Fan Reporter.”