After winning on his American Le Mans Series debut earlier this year with BMW Team RLL at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Jonathan Summerton will make his first start since in the team's No. 56 M3 in GT at Road America next race.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I love the track. It has lots of exciting corners with great passing areas. We'll have a very fast BMW M3 and I'll have a great teammate in Dirk Muller. We're going there to win."
The race is the first conflict with Joey Hand's DTM schedule that will see Summerton alongside Muller. Alas, Road America is a track where Summerton has had prior success, with a win in Formula Atlantic in 2008.
"The experience will be helpful," he noted. "The driving style won't be that different, but there is, of course, the differences in the weight and downforce levels between the open wheel and GT cars."
The BMW has not won since the opening round at Sebring, but has two prior Road America wins (2009 and 2010) in class. In the interim since Summerton last raced, he's been working on options for next year and did some testing.
"(I've been doing) lots of training and working on sponsors," he said. "We had a one-day test at Virginia International Raceway. I did a few hours in the M3 and really enjoyed it. It was helpful for me to get some quality seat time. We have a test at Road America on the Thursday before the race and it will give me the most help.
"I don't have anything set yet," he added regarding 2013 plans. "I am always open to any opportunities. Hopefully, something will come from this season and I will be picked up full-time by a competitive team or a manufacturer. It's a driver's dream to drive for a manufacturer, but I also have a dream of driving in Formula One or IndyCar. Who knows what the future holds? I will take every opportunity I can get and do my best at whatever I do. I've always been able to win races and believe I can continue to win in any type of car or series."