Mon 19 December 2016
2015 NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch is the latest star confirmed to compete at next month’s Race Of Champions inside Miami’s Marlins Park
Busch drives the No. 18 M&M’s / Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Monster Energy Series and the NOS Energy Drink Camry in the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing – with a total of 170 career wins so far
Kyle Busch will also team up with brother Kurt for Team USA NASCAR in the ROC Nations Cup on Sunday January 22. Indy 500 winners Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay will race for Team USA IndyCar while Travis Pastrana and Scott Speed will join forces for Team USA Rally X
Other competitors include Formula 1 greats Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and David Coulthard, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg plus Indy 500 winners Tony Kanaan and Juan-Pablo Montoya
Even more driving superstars will be announced in the run-up to ROC Miami on January 21-22, 2017, with tickets on sale at www.raceofchampions.com
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch is the latest star in the field of racing legends who will compete at the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, 2017.
Busch has raced at the highest levels for over a decade, currently driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Monster Energy Series and the Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2015 he was crowned NASCAR Champion after a mighty year, adding to his NASCAR Nationwide Series crown from 2009. This year Kyle took four more wins en route to an eventual third place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He also owns Kyle Busch Motorsports, which competes in the Camping World Truck Series.
The American driver is in second place on the all-time list of combined wins across all three of NASCAR’s national touring series with 170 – behind only Richard Petty. Now Kyle will bid to add to his considerable collection of silverware on his debut at the Race Of Champions, competing against a mix of driving legends from all over the world as the annual event heads to the United States of America for the first time.
Busch said: “It's really cool to be included in the 2017 Race of Champions. You look at the list of drivers and their backgrounds and it's pretty impressive. I love to race anything I can, so I’m really excited to be heading to Miami and getting behind the wheel of some different types of vehicles in order to compete against the best guys in the world.”
Kyle Busch joins a star-studded ROC Miami field that features many of the greatest stars in world motor sport. Along with the American drivers, other competitors include Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, fellow F1 greats Felipe Massa and David Coulthard, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan, IndyCar star Gabby Chaves plus double FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. Even more big names will be announced in the run-up to January’s event.
The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, MotoGP, Touring Cars, World Rally and action sports – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. All the racing takes place in a stunning range of superfast cars.
The ROC event is run over two days: first comes the Race Of Champions itself (on Saturday, January 21) featuring a flat-out battle for individual glory. Then on Sunday, January 22 comes the ROC Nations Cup when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. In 2017, this will see America take on the rest of the world in a special contest in celebration of the host venue.
In recent years, ROC has visited the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014) and London’s former Olympic Stadium (2015).
Now the event is heading to the United States for the first time to soak up the heat of Miami. Florida’s sports fans will have a chance to watch the speediest action Marlins Park has ever seen as many of the world’s greatest drivers push to the absolute limit on a specially-designed racing track winding its way around the infield and outfield.
But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions has non-stop action from start to finish – featuring stunt shows on four wheels and two wheels plus DJs, cheerleaders and plenty of other entertainment to keep race fans on the edge of their seats.
ROC president Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are delighted to welcome Kyle Busch to the Race Of Champions for the first time. Kyle has competed at the top of NASCAR for many years and he has taken so many victories, reaping the rewards to become Sprint Cup Series Champion in 2015. He nearly repeated the feat this year, only just missing out after the last safety car to regular ROC competitor Jimmie Johnson.
“Now we will all look forward to seeing how Kyle gets on in our unique contest inside Miami’s Marlins Park in January. It’s fantastic that Kyle and Kurt have agreed to join forces for Team USA NASCAR in the ROC Nations Cup too. It will be fascinating to see how they get on against the other American racers from IndyCar and Rally X, plus some of the best drivers from all over the world. Now we hope to see plenty of NASCAR fans in the Miami crowds ready to cheer Kyle and Kurt on.”
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 www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCMiami on Twitter.
Drivers already confirmed for ROC Miami:
Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 world champion
Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Petter SOLBERG, double FIA World Rallycross Champion
Juan-Pablo MONTOYA, 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner
Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner
Tony KANAAN, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner
Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Kurt BUSCH, 2004 NASCAR champion
Travis PASTRANA, action sports legend
Scott SPEED, double Global Rallycross Champion
Alexander ROSSI, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner
Gabby CHAVES, 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year
David COULTHARD, 13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 world champion
Kyle BUSCH, 2015 NASCAR champion