The draw for this weekend’s Race Of Champions at Miami’s Marlins Park (Saturday January 21 and Sunday January 22) has thrown up some mouth-watering matches as some of the world’s greatest drivers bid for the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.
Sebastian Vettel, will begin the defence of his ‘Champion of Champions’ title against action sports great Travis Pastrana and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. They will be joined by the winner of a play-off between Global Rallycross Champion Scott Speed and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.
The top two drivers in each group progress to the quarter-finals. Then it’s a knockout tournament all the way to the Grand Final, when this year’s Champion of Champions will be crowned.
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 Coutlhard (Great Britain) 13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner
Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA) 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner
Sunday’s ROC Nations Cup will take the tension up higher still as national pride is at stake, with ten teams split over three groups.
Sebastian Vettel and Pascal Wehrlein team up for Germany and they will meet up in Group B with Team Great Britain (Jenson Button and David Coulthard) and Team Nordic (Tom Kristensen and Petter Solberg).
The top two teams from Group A will meet in the semi-finals, guaranteeing a North American presence in the final. The winners of Groups B and C will meet in the other semi-final. The knockout rounds are best-of-three: if scores are tied at 1-1 after the first two heats, the third decisive heat is always contested by the two winning drivers.
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)
Sunday’s action will conclude with a new, Ryder Cup-style points-based event that will make its debut at ROC Miami: America vs The World.
The six USA drivers will unite to take on the drivers from the rest of the world in an extreme driving challenge, with individual line-ups decided in advance by the team captains. Competing across a maximum of three rounds and 10 races, the winning team will be the first to amass eight points.
Round A features six races, each of which is worth one point to the winning driver’s team. Round B has just three races but with two points for a victory. If needed Round C will feature a final, single race showdown to decide the inaugural champions.