The first American drivers to sign up for their home Race Of Champions in Miami have been confirmed as NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kurt Busch and former Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Both are no strangers to the ROC, as 2012 IndyCar champion Hunter-Reay has contested four previous events, and Busch joined him in Barbados in 2014 – where they topped their groups in style with three wins out of three en route to the quarter-finals.
“I’m honoured to once again be invited to the Race Of Champions,” said Busch. “I had a great time last time out in Barbados and given that this year’s event will be in the US, it will make it that much more exciting. In addition, representing the US in my country will be special.
“The ROC is a particular challenge that tests versatility and adaptability with little margin for error. If the format was not challenging enough, you throw in World Champions from all kinds of disciplines, with various types of cars, which makes for a good recipe.
"And no matter how much we all like to say it’s ‘just for fun…’ we all want to win this prestigious event.”
Hunter-Reay added: “I’m delighted to be making my fourth straight appearance at the Race Of Champions – and especially this time with the event taking place on American soil, better yet my own backyard!
“It is a spectacular event and a unique challenge to jump in and out of all the different cars as you go head-to-head with some of the best drivers in the world, it is a tremendous honor to be selected as a competitor for ROC.
"I’m proud to represent America, IndyCar and the Indy 500 and I look forward to hearing the noise of the crowds in Miami and feeling that hometown support.”