HOW WE ROCKED THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS
The 2017 Race of Champions, in Miami, last weekend, saw KENNOL-sponsored NASCARs enchant the audience by their roaring engines, and thrill the World Champions who took the wheel. As the Official Supplier of the series, KENNOL was happy to welcome the greatest drivers of our times, totaling together no less than 10 World Champion titles, 9 24h Le Mans victories, 4 Daytona 24 victories, 14 XGames titles, etc.
This car fits very well in the Race of Champions.
Tom KRISTENSEN, 9x winner 24H Le Mans
▌ A FEAST FOR RACE FANS AND DRIVERS
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars once again provided huge fun to drivers and race fans of the Race Of Champions in Miami, Florida, and proved to be a great benchmark to measure the skills of some of the best drivers in the world. The epic battle between NASCAR Champion Kurt BUSCH and F1 driver David COULTHARD on the NWES cars was a highlight of the week-end and thrilled the whole Marlins Park.
This annual event brings together the world’s finest drivers from all the disciplines of competition, on four wheels and two, and sets them free to battle, head-to-head, on the very same track in the very same car. Better still, unlike all other types of motor sport, the unique stadium setting means the crowd gets much closer to the action. There’s no waiting around to see just one quick glimpse of the cars and stars – the whole course is permanently in view. The fans see every corner, every slide, every move, every spin. And the crowd wants to see real champions battling.
Here is a list of the most famous drivers we had aboard last weekend:
-- Sebastian VETTEL (4x Formula 1 World Champion)
-- Petter SOLBERG (FIA WRC World Champion, 2x FIA WRX World Champion)
-- Tom KRISTENSEN (9x 24h Le Mans winner, FIA WEC World Champion)
-- David COULTHARD (Formula 1 Vice-World Champion)
-- Jenson BUTTON (Formula 1 World Champion)
-- Felipe MASSA (Formula 1 Vice-World Champion)
-- Juan Pablo MONTOYA (2x Indy 500 winner, 3x Daytona 24 winner, former F1 driver)
-- Travis PASTRANA (11x XGames winner, 4x USA Rally Champion)
-- Kyle and Kurt BUSCH (NASCAR Champions)
-- Tony KANAAN (IndyCar Champion, Indy 500 winner, Daytona 24 winner)
-- Ryan HUNTER-REAY (IndyCar Champion, Indy 500 winner)
-- Alex ROSSI (Indy 500 winner, GP2 Vice-World Champion)
-- Scott SPEED (3x XGames winner, former F1 driver)
▌ THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
These Champions crave the chance to let their hair down, free from commitments to sponsors, and push to the limit in each race car they use over the weekend. Better still, they love to hear the screams of thousands of fans over the roar of the engines. And fans loved the 4 KENNOL-sponsored NASCARs! Here is what some of the drivers had to say about these beasts:
Kyle BUSCH, NASCAR Champion: “It reminds me the late model cars. It’s still a full-body stock car and it does a lot of things we’re used to. It doesn’t stop on a dime, it doesn’t turn on a dime but all in all it’s stock-car racing, it’s NASCAR at its best.”
Kurt BUSCH, NASCAR Champion: “It was a lot of fun !! It wasn’t a Gene Haas car or a Joe Gibbs car. It’s neat though the comparison between the Euro NASCAR car and our Cup cars. It kind of reminds us of the past. Steering box and setup are very good to blend the car with the kind of track you have at the ROC.”
Tom KRISTENSEN, 9x 24h Le Mans winner, FIA WEC World Champion: “This car is always very good to drive. It fits very well in the Race Of Champions. It gives a good feeling both accelerating and under breaking. It a little bit heavier in changing direction and it take some energy to drive it but it’s really nice.”
Petter SOLBERG, FIA WRC World Champion, 2x FIA WRX World Champion: “I love the Euro NASCAR car, it’s fantastic. I made a big mistake last year but I was fast and like it, it’s still very cool.”
The 2017 edition of the Race of Champions crowned Juan Pablo MONTOYA the Champion of Champions, for his 1st participation, on Saturday, while Team Germany (represented by Sebastian VETTEL alone) won the Nations Cup on Sunday.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will begin the 2017 campaign on April 8-9 in Valencia, Spain, at the Circuit De La Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo.