In 2017, Race Of Champions will make its stateside debut in Miami at Marlins Park, and it will have one of the most decorated X Games athletes of all time competing in it.
ROC announced Wednesday 10-time X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana will compete in #ROCMiami. Pastrana is the fourth driver that’s been confirmed for the event so far, along with Formula One’s Sebastian Vettel, NASCAR’s Kurt Busch and IndyCar’s Ryan Hunter-Reay.
For Pastrana, what makes ROC so special is that drivers get to square off in identical equipment, which makes the outcome very unpredictable.
“Anybody can win at any time,” Pastrana said, via ROC’s official website. “I took two wins against Sebastian Vettel, who was the Formula One champion at the time — in his home country Germany — in a Porsche and an Aston Martin. Then he beats me in Beijing in a rally car, which should have been my specialty. Everyone always has a shot because there are so many vehicles that no one’s ever driven or had experience in, so everyone makes a lot of mistakes.”
This isn’t the action sports star’s first time racing in ROC, as Pastrana has taken part in the event seven previous times.
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To have the crazy stunt man back for an eighth time is pretty exciting across the board.
“It’s brilliant to have Travis Pastrana back at the Race Of Champions for the first time since 2011,” Fredrik Johnsson, president of ROC, said, via ROC’s official website. “He is a true crowd-pleaser and has been a fixture of action sports for so long that he has become a global icon. The fact that Travis is joining us in Miami is great news, particularly for anyone who loves to watch spectacular driving.”
ROC Miami will take place over two days, with the Nations Cup on Jan. 21 and the individual Race Of Champions on Jan. 22.
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