Wed 11 January 2017
Two drivers will win the chance to compare their skills with three Indianapolis 500 winners at a special ROC Factor Miami presented by AutoNation event – taking place outside Miami’s Marlins Park on Monday January 16 – and it could be you!
A draw on ROC’s Facebook page is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take on Indianapolis 500 winners Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan in identical cars on the ROC Factor Skills Challenge course
The event is part of the build-up to the Race Of Champions itself, which will take place inside the same venue on January 21-22, with tickets on sale at www.raceofchampions.com
Racers in the main event also include Formula 1 greats Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and David Coulthard, NASCAR’s Kyle and Kurt Busch plus Indy 500 winners Juan-Pablo Montoya and Alexander Rossi
Two drivers are being offered a unique chance to compete against three Indianapolis 500 winners in a special ROC Factor Miami presented by AutoNation event outside Miami’s Marlins Park on Monday January 16. This will be taking place as part of the build-up to the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside the venue on January 21-22.
The winners of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will get to compare their skills with Indianapolis 500 winners Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan on the ROC Factor Skills Challenge course, which is specially designed to test driving ability and features chicanes, slaloms, 360° turns and parallel parking. Even better, the two lucky drivers will first receive hands-on training from the IndyCar legends in the Polaris Slingshot SLR that will be used at the main event later in the week.
ROC Factor Miami presented by AutoNation will take place outside Marlins Park between 11am and 1pm on Monday January 16 – and the best participant will win another money-can’t-buy prize: a co-drive with one of the Indy 500 winners at the actual ROC Miami event.
Anyone over the age of 18 holding a valid drivers’ license can take part, though you will have to make your own way to Miami’s Marlins Park on Monday. To take part, just head to the Race Of Champions Facebook page, fill in the form and tell us why you should take part in ROC Factor Miami presented by AutoNation.
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 based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. In 2017, four North American teams will take on the rest of the world in a special contest to celebrate the host venue.
Team USA NASCAR features Kyle and Kurt Busch, Team USA IndyCar pairs Indianapolis 500 winners Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay and Team USA Rally X partners action sports aces Travis Pastrana and Scott Speed. IndyCar greats James Hinchcliffe and Helio Castroneves will also team up with relatively unknown drivers Stefan Rzadzinski and Gabriel Glusman, who both won the main ROC Factor competition earlier this week.
Other racers in action 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 World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg.
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’re thrilled that Helio, Ryan and Tony have agreed to take part in this special ROC Factor Miami presented by AutoNation event. Now we look forward to watching you take them on in our unique ROC Factor Skills Challenge. If you think you have what it takes to compare your driving skills with three legends of the Indianapolis 500, now is your time to find out.
“This event is the perfect curtain-raiser before we return to Miami’s Marlins Park – inside it this time – on January 21-22 for the Race Of Champions itself. That’s when some of the greats of world motor racing will push to the limit around the twists and turns of our full race course. If you love non-stop action, see you there!”
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
James HINCHCLIFFE, 2016 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter
Helio CASTRONEVES, triple Indianapolis 500 winner
Stefan RZADZINSKI, 2011 Western Canadian Driver of the Year!
Gabriel GLUSMAN, two track days and counting…
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