Action sports legends Brian Deegan and Travis Pastrana will join forces to create Team USA at December’s Race Of Champions event. The American will be competing against a dazzling field of drivers that includes three F1 world champions when they participate in Race Of Champions 2011 in Düsseldorf (December 3-4).
Deegan and Pastrana have overlapping and competing careers as rivals on two wheels in motocross, supercross and freestyle motocross. Both recently ventured into four-wheeled competition with considerable success, including Pastrana’s four Rally America titles and Deegan’s Rally Cross gold at this year’s X-Games.
Often pitted as opposites – Deegan the edgy rebel, Pastrana the boy-next-door – the two have become friends and are now pooling their talents to become team-mates for the 2011 ROC.
The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season competition that gathers the world’s greatest drivers from all forms of motorsport’ – including F1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans and X-Games. The drivers battle head-to-head in identical machinery on a specially constructed parallel track. As well as individual battles, drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, which is scheduled for Saturday 3 December before the individual Race Of Champions takes place on Sunday 4 December.
Drivers so far confirmed for ROC 2011 include Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button – with ten F1 world championships between them!
More big names will be added in the run-up to the December event in Düsseldorf.
For information, visit www.raceofchampions.com Deegan said: “I’ve heard a lot over the years about the Race Of Champions from Travis, so I’m really looking forward to joining him next month. It adds an extra edge to be racing for Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup, so we’ll bring a bit of cowboy attitude and see how we get on. We’re up against a mighty field of motorsport specialists but we’ll give it everything to come away with a good result.”
Confirmed drivers for 2011 Race Of Champions:
Sebastian Vettel, 2010 and 2011 F1 World Champion
Michael Schumahcer, seven-time F1 World Champion
Jenson Button, 2009 F1 World Champion
Andy Priaulx, three-time World Touring Car Champion
Tom Kristensen, eight-time Le Mans 24-Hour winner
Mattias Ekstrom, DTM star and triple-ROC Champion of Champions
Sébastien Ogier, winner of five 2011 WRC rallies
Romain Grosjean, 2011 GP2 Champion
Martin Tomczyk, 2011 DTM Champion
Vitaly Petrov, Lotus Renault GP F1 driver
Timo Schneider, 2008 and 2009 DTM Champion
Timo Glock, Marussia Virgin Racing F1 driver
Travis Pastrana, four-time Rally America winner, X-Games
Brian Deegan, 13 X-games medals including 2011 Rally Cross gold