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The Race of Champions is scheduled to return to its new home at London's Wembley Stadium on December 14th. For those unfamiliar, the annual event pits a host of the best racing drivers in the world against each other on carefully-calibrated equal terms. The event is split between the solo competition and the nations' cup, the latter in which countries send their two best drivers to claim the honors for their homeland.

Last year's event saw DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom defeat Schumacher in the final rounds, after the two (pictured at right) made minced meat out of the rest of the field in a variety of vehicles including the Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24, Ford Focus RS WRC, Fiat Grande Punto S2000 Abarth, an Opel/Vauxhall-based Solution F touring car and a purpose-built sprint car. This year retired seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher is set to return, teaming up with rookie driver Sebastian Vettel again for Team Germany. So far only Schumacher and Vettel have confirmed their participation for 2008 – last year Travis Pastrana valiantly held down the fort for Team USA on his own – but more are sure to join as the date approaches. Stay tuned.

  • A driver burns the rubber as he does an exhibition lap of the track in a break during the Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium, London, 16 December 2007 . The ROC Nations Cup aims to determine the fastest country in the world, with two drivers from each pitted against each other in identical cars. This year The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Scuderia Toro Rosso is congratulated by his team mate Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher after their victory in The Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany competes against new Mclaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen (R) of Finland during The Race of Champions Nations Cup at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: A general view of cars in action during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: New Mclaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland competes during The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden in action during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Andy Priaulx of England wins his heat as Heikki Kovalainen of Finland spins during the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes during The Race of Champions final at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes on his way to finishing second during The Race of Champions finals at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany competes on his way to finishing second during The Race of Champions finals at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden celebrates by doing wheelspins following his victory for the second year running in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Mattias Ekstrom of Sweden competes on his way to victory in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: First placed Mattias Ekstrom (right) of Sweden races alongside second placed former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (left) of Germany in the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom heads towards gold position in the Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: First placed Mattias Ekstrom (right) of Sweden and second placed former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (left) of Germany celebrate following the finals of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - DECEMBER 16: Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany congratulates Mattias Ekstrom (R) of Sweden on his victory in the final of The Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium on December 16, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (R) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (L) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (L) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (R) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Swedish driver Mattias Ekstrom (L) celebrates winning the Race of Champions with runner-up Michael Schumacher (R) at Wembley Stadium, 16 December 2007 . Created in 1988 by Fredrik Johnsson, President of IMP, and the world?s greatest lady rally driver Mich?le Mouton, The Race of Champions was originally conceived as the ultimate shoot-out between the top international rally stars. Over the years it has also proved popular with the biggest stars from all the major motor sport disciplines, including F1, World Rally, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy500, Champ Car, DTM and WTCC. This year, The Race of Champions is being held at Wembley Stadium, London, and the famous landmark has been transformed into a parallel track, using 1,800 tons of tarmac, for the unique event. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Team USA, if you're reading this, I'm available. Some guys in the SCCA autox series call me a boy wonder.. just saying, you know.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You know they have corners in racetracks in Europe.

        I think that's why they have so much trouble sourcing American drivers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll stay tuned!

      On December 14th will be a great show! This annual event is a real gift that we receive from this big champions!
      Claiming the honors for their homeland is a fantastic stimulus for this people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As much as I ... ehm, don't like this guy, I think he's absolutely the best driver on four wheels the world has ever seen. On BOTH sides of Atlantic :-) Any other ocean for that matter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Scott Speed and Jeff Gordon for Team USA. Scott Speed use to be amazing in carts growing up and Jeff because I'd like to see what he can do in a light-weight car on a autocross type circuit.