Posted on December 05 2016
The Race of Champions is a unique event in the world of motor sports. In most races under normal circumstances, the winners are categorized by the organization they race with (Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, etc.), the type of car they are in, the type of engine used, etc. Trying to figure out who the best driver is becomes an exercise in comparing apples to oranges to Japanese pears. Race of Champions seeks to strip away these distinctions and categories, and get right to the heart of what really makes a driver great – a human being.
Held annually at major stadiums around the world, Race of Champions builds two parallel tracks and pits the best drivers in the world against each other. Drivers come from the likes of World Rally Championship to LeMans and everything in between. They face off against each other in a head-to-head tournament on the exact same track, using the exact same car as their opponent, to truly determine who the best driver in the world is without pesky qualifications about course conditions or machinery.
The cars for each matchup in the tournament are different, chosen from a stable of the fastest and most fun cars in the world. This includes the KTM X-Bow, the Mercedes-AMG GT, the Rage Comet, the NASCAR Chevrolet SS Stock Car and for the first time in 2015, the Radical SR3 RSX. In fact, in 2015, Radical played a pivotal role in the outcome of the Race of Champions Nations Cup – a nation against nation competitions where teams from competing countries pair off against each other. As the favorite car of the pros, Radical was chosen for the finale race, which featured Formula 1 legend, Sebastian Vettel from Germany against World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx from England. Going all the way to a deciding third race, Priaulx was able to defeat Vettel as they faced off in identical Radical SR3 RSXs.
Now for 2017, a new barrier is being broken. After being held for the last several years in worldwide stadiums of note such as Wembley Stadium, Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest,” Dusseldorf’s ESPIRIT Arena and London’s Olympic Stadium, the Race of Champions is coming to America for the very first time. On January 22-23, 2017, the US will get a chance to compete in the Race of Champions on home turf at Marlins’ Park in Miami, home of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel will be there as well, along with many other drivers who will be announced in the run-up to the event. Two American drivers have already signed up - NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kurt Busch and former Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, and were featured in the official announcement from ROC, sitting together in a Radical SR3 RSX customized by Team Stradale and Cutting Edge Graphics.
For more information about the event, tickets and the history of ROC, head over to www.raceofchampions.com.