F-1 clock ticking for Spengler

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Canadian Bruno Spengler leads the DTM touring car series by 23 points and looks like he could earn his first championship this season for the high-powered Mercedes team.

But in spite of his on-track heroics and his Hollywood movie star good looks, Spengler is in Montreal with Mercedes as a guest and not part of his dream job as a Formula One driver.

Every year Spengler is mentioned as a driver most likely to be promoted to F-1, yet every year he is left behind.

At age 27, it is widely held that there won't be too many more chances for the Montreal driver.

In an interview Friday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Spengler admitted he had talks this past winter with a number of NASCAR teams about a career in North American stock car racing.

"Right now I want to concentrate on winning the DTM championship for Mercedes," he said. "But yes, I did have discussions with some NASCAR teams."

Spengler said one of the races he would love to be part of is the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA 200 in Montreal in August.

But at the same time he realizes he must pledge allegiance to Mercedes and the DTM series.

"DTM is much like NASCAR," he said. "We get 150,000 fans to some of our races. It is very competitive. In Europe it is right next to Formula One in popularity."

Spengler's goal is to parlay his DTM success into an F-1 contract with Mercedes, but he also knows he can't wait forever.


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