Helio Castroneves, quadruple Indianapolis 500 winner and full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES athlete, has announced he will be part of the growing international peloton of pilots at the upcoming Race of Champions ‘Snow + Ice’ World Final in Pite Havsbad, Sweden on February 10, 2020. 5-6.
Annual Race of Champions (ROC) promoters International Media Productions (IMP) have announced Castroneves’ participation alongside Mexican rally star Benito Guerra Jr., 2012 PRWC champion and reigning ROC “Champion of Champions” .
“I am so excited to be at the Race Of Champions,” Castroneves said. “It’s always an honor to compete against the best of the best. Winning the Indy for the fourth time was an incredible result, especially when you stop and think that only a few drivers across the plane were able to do it. But these victories don’t necessarily translate very well to the snow experience in Sweden. It will be interesting, to say the least.
The two drivers will compete for the individual title of Champion of Champions, and bring together their diverse talents within the Latin American squad in a campaign for the coveted ROC Nations Cup.
“These guys represent very different racing disciplines but have both shown that they can be very competitive in Race Of Champions,” said Fredrik Johnsson, President of ROC. “Now it will be very interesting to see how they both adapt to snow and ice racing to see if they can create another surprise at ROC Sweden.”
In previous ROC appearances, the two pilots have proven to be fierce challengers. Castroneves competed in the ROC World Finals in Mexico, Miami and Riyadh in 2018, where he teamed up with Colombian runner and compatriot Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya to claim second place for Latin America in the ROC Nations Cup.
After a 2021 Indianapolis 500 victory for Meyer Shank Racing, Castroneves is now a legends as he tied AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with a record four wins in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.
In 2019, in front of a local crowd at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City, Guerra qualified ahead of Formula 1 star Sebastian Vettel, then eliminated two other Formula 1 drivers, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Gutierrez, before finally beating the champion. of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Loïc Duval in the final Guerra’s only other appearance was at ROC Bangkok in 2012, just after winning the PRWC title the same year.
“With Formula 1, Rallycross and now Indy 500 drivers as well, we have really been successful in attracting the best drivers from all over the world and many different genres to motorsport,” said Tobias Lindfors, Group CEO and owner of Pite Havsbad Group. “We are fully preparing for the folk festival in February, and it will be two incredibly exciting and fast-paced days.”
ROC Sweden will feature some of the most successful drivers who have won some of the biggest races and championships in world motorsport. Drivers competing this year include Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and current NTT INDYCAR SERIES athlete, as well as Vettel, Mick Schumacher, Valtteri Bottas, Mika Hakkinen, Mattias Ekstrom, Sebastien Loeb, Tom Kristensen, Jonah Kristoffersson, Travis Pastrana, Oliver Solberg and Petter Solberg.
A unique format that gives competitors the opportunity to test their skills against competitors they would never normally meet, ROC attracts many of the most successful riders from all disciplines of global motorsport. Past ROC events have brought together superstars from all of the leading leagues in world motorsport including Formula 1, LeMans, NASCAR, INDYCAR, World Rally and Rallycross.
Over its three decades, the event has been a battleground for European legends like Michael Schumacher, Petter Solberg, Colin McRae, David Coulthard, Marcus Gronholm and Jenson Button; with NASCAR champions Kurt and Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Johnson; Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden of INDYCAR; and Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi.
Each year, riders look forward to the innovative challenges created at ROC, whether it be terrain, track design or racing equipment.
“We will be in the Arctic Circle with freezing temperatures and very little daylight,” Johnsson continued. “Add to that the snow and ice that will become the widest and fastest track in ROC history. It’s really hard to say who, if any, will have an advantage in attending this event. “
ROC’s individual “Champion of Champions” races were launched in 1988 and the ROC Nations Cup was introduced in 1999 as a team competition, becoming a staple of every ROC World Final since. Held on the first day of competition, the ROC Nations Cup created one of the most intense actions of the ROC.
As part of ROC’s most recent innovations, the equipment showcased at the 2022 event in Sweden will include electric cars and 100% fossil-free biofuel engines. Cars announced so far include the over 1000 horsepower FC1-X which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in under 1.5 seconds, the FIA RX2e – another electric rallycross car generating 250 kW of power, up to 510 Nm of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 3.3 seconds – and the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The SuperCar Lites will return to ROC, but this time powered by biofuel.
Event organizers will comply with all applicable COVID-19 restrictions. Organizers and local officials will provide updates on raceofchampions.com regarding any additional ticket sales and restrictions affecting local travel and services due to COVID-19.