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Tanner Foust replaces Travis Pastrana for The Race of Champions

Mon 14 September 2009

Tanner Foust replaces Travis Pastrana for The Race of Champions

Tanner Foust replaces Travis Pastrana for The Race of Champions
        US Drift Champion steps in to replace injured Pastrana alongside Carl Edwards in Team USA

Newly-crowned two-times US Formula Drift Champion, and X Games gold medal winner, Tanner Foust, has completed the line-up for this Sunday’s Race Of Champions at Wembley Stadium.

Foust will partner NASCAR ace, Carl Edwards, in Team USA after nine times X Games winner Travis Pastrana injured himself doing a stunt this week.

It will be Foust’s Race of Champions debut but his driving activities as co-host of Top Gear USA should stand him in good stead on the purpose-built track inside Wembley Stadium this Sunday (Dec 14).

Tanner is ecstatic about participating and quipped, “the investigation will reveal I had nothing to do with Travis’ injuries and of course I wish him a speedy recovery. More seriously though, I’m honoured to have this opportunity to represent the USA alongside team-mate Carl Edwards on the world stage racing against guys who are heroes to me.”

Meanwhile, Pastrana has been ruing his bad luck, after hurting his knee and hip in California on Monday.

“I was practicing on a motocross track when I blew out my knee in a corner, and was promptly run over by my fat friend, Tommy.  Laying in a heap of dust the first thing, I thought was at least I didn't fall off a golf kart! 

“A close second thought was how much I'm going to miss all the crap talking and competitive camaraderie that is unexplainable for anyone who hasn't been a competitor at The ROC. 

“I'm bummed that I won't have a chance to race along side Carl Edwards.  I was really looking forward to going for the ROC Nations Cup but I'm excited that Tanner is the one to take my place.  Very few drivers can hold a candle to his car control and I think his all-round driving background should benefit Team USA.  Go Team!”

Tickets for The Race of Champions are on sale now by calling 0844 412 1743, or online at www.raceofchampions.com. Adult prices start at £18 and child tickets at £9. Tickets will also be available on the gate at Wembley Stadium.

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