Stefan Rzadzinski will contest Miami's ROC Nations Cup on January 22 as part of Team ROC Factor Canada alongside IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe after winning the online ROC Factor North America vote.
The Edmonton native harnessed the power of social media and local TV news to beat the likes of IndyCar driver Conor Daly and Nissan GT Academy runner-up Chris Hill to secure the spot in Miami where he will compete against the likes of F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel and NASCAR title winner Kyle Busch.
Rzadzinski's previous motorsport career is a classic case of lacking the budget to back up the talent. He has competed in a variety of disciplines, including Canadian NASCAR, Star Mazda and even two Indy Lights races, before slipping back down the ranks due to budget constraints. His last competitive action was as part of Canada's Nissan Micra Cup in 2016.
Nevertheless, that talent was clear for all to see during the ROC Nations Cup when Rzadzinski beat Alexander Rossi and Scott Speed during the group stage!
2016 Nissan Micra Cup Canada 4th
2015 Nissan Micra Cup Canada 3rd
2014 NASCAR Canada (selected rounds)
2013 USF2000 (selected rounds)
2012 Star Mazda (selected rounds)
2011 Western Canadian Driver of the Year
2011 Indy Lights (two appearances)
2010 Skip Barber Scholarship winner
2009 Ontario Formula Ford Championship Rookie of the Year and runner-up
2001-08 Karting, including representing Team Canada in Italy
Years contested: 2017 (1)
2017 Stefan partnered fellow countryman and IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe at Team ROC Factor Canada, and won two of his three group races!