What happens when you level the playing field across all forms of motorsports? You have an action packed weekend like none other. Don’t be fooled by the name, the Race of Champions has almost nothing in common with the IROC series of the past. Bringing together the best drivers from every type of racing, teams from across the world will battle it out inside Miami’s Marlins Park. We will be at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for the weekend of January 21-22, but if you are near south Florida you should plan to be there.
Since winning is a combination of driver skill and automotive performance, let’s start with some of the more notable participants. Team USA will be represented by Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Scott Speed, Travis Pastrana, and Alexander Rossi. Brazil is sending Felipe Massa and Tony Kanaan; the German contingent will include Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hülkenberg. Similar to the old IROC series, drivers will compete in purpose-built race cars, each built to identical specifications. Starting with the “Roc Car” it was built exclusively for this series and has proved to be nimble in all weather. Other notable models include the Polaris Slingshot SLR, Radical SR3, KTM X-Bow, Ariel Atom Cup, Audi R8 LMS, Stadium Super Trucks, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Mercedes-AMG GT S, and the Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo. We don’t know why Stadium Racing isn’t more popular, so tell us what you think about it in the comments below.