Thu 19 January 2017
ROC Miami will be the 28th Race Of Champions since its first event in Paris in 1988.
Miami’s Marlins Park is the 13th venue to host the Race Of Champions, following a range of prestigious venues all over the world – including London’s Olympic Stadium and Wembley Stadium, Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium, Bangkok’s National Stadium, Bushy Park Barbados and the Stade de France in Paris.
The Race Of Champions is broadcast in over 180 countries around the world, reaching a potential audience of over 1 billion people.
This will be the first time that the Race Of Champions has used a brand new figure-of-eight style track with two separate loops and a shared home straightaway.
The all-new track for ROC Miami is 8 yards (7.3 metres) wide and a full lap lasts a total of 670 yards (613 metres).
The record for constructing the entire ROC track stands at four days of uninterrupted round-the-clock work, with two further days for decoration, branding and wiring.
The record for dismantling the entire ROC track after the event is 25 hours set last year at London’s Olympic Stadium.
The Race Of Champions has featured over 200 different drivers in its 27-year history. Between them they have collected a total of...
18 Formula 1 World Championships: Michael Schumacher (7), Alain Prost (4), Sebastian Vettel (4), Fernando Alonso (2) and Jenson Button (1)
15 MotoGP World Championships: Valentino Rossi (7), Mick Doohan (5) and Jorge Lorenzo (3)
37 World Rally Championships: Sébastien Loeb (9), Juha Kankkunen (4), Tommi Makinen (4), Sébastien Ogier (3), Carlos Sainz (2), Marcus Grönholm (2), Walter Röhrl (2), Miki Biasion (2), Timo Salonen (1), Hannu Mikkola (1), Bjorn Waldegård (1), Ari Vatanen (1), Markku Alén (1), Stig Blomqvist (1), Didier Auriol (1), Petter Solberg (1), Colin McRae (1)
13 NASCAR Championships: Jimmie Johnson (7), Jeff Gordon (4), Kurt Busch (1), Kyle Busch (1)
24 X Games gold medals: Travis Pastrana (11), Brian Deegan (4), Tanner Foust (4), Scott Speed (3), Kenny Bräck (1), Sébastien Loeb (1)
10 IndyCar and Champ Car Championships: Sébastien Bourdais (4), Juan Pablo Montoya (1), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1), Tony Kanaan (1), Cristiano da Matta (1), Dan Wheldon (1), Kenny Bräck (1)
11 Indianapolis 500 wins: Helio Castroneves (3), Juan Pablo Montoya (2), Dan Wheldon (2), Kenny Bräck (1), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1), Tony Kanaan (1), Alexander Rossi (1)
The last four Indy 500 winners are all in this weekend's field: Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Juan Pablo Montoya (2015) and Alexander Rossi (2016)
There are 32 supercars in the ROC Miami paddock this weekend.
The average 0-100kph time of the cars is 3.7 seconds: the Ariel Atom Cup and the ROC Car are joint fastest at 2.9 seconds.
The fastest of all this year’s cars is the Radical SR3 RSX with a top speed of 154mph (249kph).
Michelin brings 400 tyres to the Race Of Champions – up to 200 of which will be raced over the course of the weekend.
The closest ever finish to a race came at ROC 2006 in Paris, when TAG Heuer set a still unbeaten world record by measuring a difference of an astonishing 2/10,000ths of a second between winner Mattias Ekström and second-placed Heikki Kovalainen.
‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen is making his 15th straight appearance at the Race Of Champions in Miami, equalling the record set by Swedish rally great Stig Blomqvist.
The individual ROC king is France’s Didier Auriol with 4 ‘Champion of Champions’ titles, just ahead of fellow rally ace Sébastien Loeb and DTM racer Mattias Ekström with 3 each.
Team Germany’s Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel have a record 6 victories in the ROC Nations Cup.
The youngest driver appearing at ROC Miami is Pascal Wehrlein, who is 22 years and three months old.
The oldest driver appearing at ROC Miami is Tom Kristensen, who is 49 years and six months old.
ROC’s ultimate record-breaker may be stunt driver Terry Grant, the current holder of over 20 Guinness World Records – everything from donuts to driving on two wheels to parallel parking. Watch him in action at Miami’s Marlins Park this weekend…
The Race Of Champions has joined forces with AutoNation and Racing For Cancer to help drive out cancer. To make a $10 donation please text ‘RFC’ to 20222. This is on behalf of all participating race drivers. All proceeds will go to the new Pediatric Cancer Care Unit at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.
Keep watching ROC’s social media channels for a charity auction to include unique items like the ROC Art Car (pictured above) painted by Miami artist Alex Mijares and raced by drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan. There will also be a limited edition ROC Watch by Louis Moinet (1 of only 29 pieces made) plus racing gear including overalls, gloves and shoes – all worn and autographed by the Race Of Champions drivers.
Tickets for ROC Miami are now available via www.raceofchampions.com. For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of this year’s event please visit the website, or search for Race Of Champions on Facebook, and @raceofchampions and #ROCMiami on Twitter.
Race Of Champions Draw (Saturday 21 January)
Sebastian VETTEL (Germany) four-time Formula 1 world champion
Travis PASTRANA (USA) action sports legend
Helio CASTRONEVES (Brazil) triple Indianapolis 500 winner
Either Scott SPEED (USA) double Global Rallycross Champion, or Alexander ROSSI (USA), 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner (to be decided by play-off)
Juan-Pablo MONTOYA (Colombia) double Indianapolis 500 winner
Petter SOLBERG (Norway) double FIA World Rallycross Champion
Felipe MASSA (Brazil) 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Pascal WEHRLEIN (Germany) 2015 DTM champion and new Sauber Formula 1 driver
Jenson BUTTON (Great Britain) 2009 Formula 1 world champion
Kyle BUSCH (USA) 2015 NASCAR champion
Tony KANAAN (Brazil) 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner
James HINCHCLIFFE (Canada) 2016 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter
Tom KRISTENSEN (Denmark) nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Kurt BUSCH (USA) 2004 NASCAR champion
David COULTHARD (Great Britain) 13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Ryan HUNTER-REAY (USA) 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner
ROC Nations Cup Draw (Sunday 22 January)
Team USA NASCAR (Kurt Busch & Kyle Busch)
Team USA IndyCar (Ryan Hunter-Reay & Alexander Rossi)
Team USA Rally X (Travis Pastrana & Scott Speed)
Team ROC Factor Canada (James Hinchcliffe & Stefan Rzadzinski)
Team Great Britain (Jenson Button & David Coulthard)
Team Germany (Sebastian Vettel & Pascal Wehrlein)
Team Nordic (Tom Kristensen & Petter Solberg)
Team ROC Factor Latin America (Helio Castroneves & Gabriel Glusman)
Team Brazil (Tony Kanaan & Felipe Massa)
Team Colombia (Juan Pablo Montoya & Gabby Chaves)