The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars will be among the vehicles selected for the annual Race Of Champions for the sixth consecutive time and the new 2016 NWES car will make its racing debut at the Olympic Stadium in London, in the hands of some of the best drivers in the world.
Four-time Formula 1 Champion Sebastian Vettel, 2014 Indianapolis 500 Ryan Hunter-Reay, nine-time Le Mans 24H winner Tom Kristensen, 2014 World RallyCross and 2003 World Rally champion Petter Solberg, two-time World Touring Car Champion José Maria LÓPEZ and three-time Motogp champion Jorge Lorenzo are among the drivers who will take the wheel of a wide variety of cars on November 20-21 on the track built inside the Olympic Stadium and with their 400 hp V8s, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars will serve as benchmark to determine this year’s “Champion Of Champions”.
“We are proud of this selection and we thank Fredrik Johnsson, Michele Mouton and their team for their confidence. Our cars have proven through the years they can race everywhere : from the biggest tracks like Monza or Daytona to the twisty and narrow ROC stadium tracks. They are pure racing beasts fully dedicated to provide great fun to drivers and fans.” said Jerome Galpin, President – CEO of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.
The tradition of the Race Of Champions dates back to 1988, when the first edition took place in Paris, and during the years has brought the best drivers of the world – including multiple-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson – to race at the wheel of a variety of cars all over the World, from Gran Canaria to Beijing. The sixth consecutive selection for the EuroNASCAR cars demonstrates once again their unique character and the ability to provide huge entertainment for every kind of driver, from beginners to world champions.
The competition articulates on two distinct races: the Nations Cup, in which two drivers form a nation’s team and challenge each other to determine the best national team, and the Race Of Champions, the individual competition. The Nations Cup will take place on Friday, November 20 at 8 pm GMT, while the Race Of Champions will begin at 3 pm GMT on Sunday November 21.
Drivers announced for the 2015 Race Of Champions:
Sebastian VETTEL, four-time Formula 1 World Champion (Team Germany)
Nico HÜLKENBERG, 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Germany)
Tom KRISTENSEN, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Team Nordic)
Petter SOLBERG, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion (Team Nordic)
Daniel RICCIARDO, three-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Australia)
Mick DOOHAN, five-time 500cc MotoGP World Champion (Team Australia)
Felipe MASSA, 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner (Team Brazil)
Nelson PIQUET Jr, reigning FIA Formula E Champion (Team Brazil)
David COULTHARD, reigning ROC Champion of Champions (Team Scotland)
Susie WOLFF, Williams Martini Racing Official Test Driver (Team Scotland)
Jorge LORENZO, three-time MotoGP World Champion (Team All Stars)
Romain GROSJEAN, 2012 ROC Champion of Champions (Team All Stars)
Jolyon PALMER, 2014 GP2 Champion (Team Young Stars)
Pascal WEHRLEIN, 2015 DTM Champion (Team Young Stars)
Ryan HUNTER-REAY, 2014 Indianapolis 500 Winner (Team Americas)
José Maria LÓPEZ, double World Touring Car Champion (Team Americas)
Jason PLATO, double British Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
Andy PRIAULX, triple World Touring Car Champion (Team England 1)
Alex BUNCOMBE, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion (Team England 2)
Jenson BUTTON, 2009 Formula 1 World Champion (Team England 2)