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Michael Schumacher and Tanner Foust at the 2008 Race of Champions

There's our buddy and rally/drift/stunt maestro Tanner Foust (on the right), arm in arm with some guy Michael Schumacher at the 2008 Race of Champions (ROC) held in Wembley Stadium, London. Tanner went as a last minute substitute after Travis Pastrana broke his hip (and ankle) trying to flip a truck. However, in a supposedly backup roll, Foust went on to beat current F1 Champ Jenson Button in front of 80,000 fans before being knocked out of the competition by 2008 ROC runner-up David Coulthard. The 2008 ROC overall winner was none other than Sebastian Loeb.

If you don't know, the Race of Champions was founded in 1988 by former Group B legend Michèle Mouton and is the only race where drivers from different disciplines get the chance to compete against each other in a variety of events utilizing a whole bunch of different cars. The driver skill sets include F1, NASCAR, touring cars, and more recently rally and drift. Last year's cars included everything from a KTM X-Bow to a WRC Ford Focus to special ROC dune buggy. This year should be about the same. 2009 marks a big change for ROC as it leaves jolly old England and heads to China. Bejing specifically and the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium designed by Herzod and de Meuron.

This year both Foust and Pastrana will be representing Old Glory as the sole American competitors. "I'm very honored to receive the re-invite to the Race of Champions," says Foust. "Pastrana will be the perfect teammate. He's good under pressure, undeniably fast and never misses a side bet." In addition to the ROC, Foust will be participating in daily drift events against a "top Chinese drifter." Having done a bit of dorifto with Mr. Foust ourselves, this Chinese cat had better be good. Like, real good. Best of luck to both Tanner and Travis, as they're going to need it against guys like Schumacher and Pirro. The Race of Champions takes place November 3-4.

[Source: Race of Champions]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Might want to check the spelling in the headline there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't we send Carl Edwards again? He impressed everyone last year. For that matter are Foust and Pastrana even in the top 25 of American racers? Who picks these things?
      • 5 Years Ago
      backup roll backup role
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like Tanner and Supercars Exposed. It's a good alternative when I get tired of the Top Gear antics and need some real car information.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Come on now. You have to admit. They have gone overboard at times with the stunts at the expense of testing rare cars that people want to see. I'm not bashing the show, just saying it loses appeal to the gear heads at times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Glock: what channel does this show air on? Is it Speed Channel?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tired of the Top Gear antics?!

        • 5 Years Ago
        I actually kind of thought the "overboard" parts were the best.

        Think of the Ford Fiesta they tested with the British Navy or who ever it was... that was 100% absolutely unnecessary and way overboard... but totally awesome.

        It's not the 'testing" of the rare cars I necessarily watch for... it has a lot to do with the pure entertainment value of the show - which includes the crazy, overboard, and ridiculous things they do. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with both of you. Right now all the Top Gear shows i'm seeing are reruns, and Tanner gets to play with cars I seldom see let alone get to drive. Top Gear does go over the top sometimes, but it's funny and sometimes I learn something from the show. Tanner's show is more straight forward, like a guy getting paid well to drive beautiful cars very fast and talk to other great drivers. But Tanner doesn't ever drive "ordinary" cars as does Top Gear, sometimes. Also Top Gear is on for an hour so they can get into things a little more. I wish Tanner's show were an hour also.

        How much influence does Top Gear have with me? Jeremy's comments killed my desire for a Cayman. Tanners influence?... that I wish I were 40 years younger and had money and driving talent to burn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The world sends race car drivers America sends entertainers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's to hoping that SOMEONE in America will pick this up.

      If anything, SPEED should have picked it up, because their boy Carl was killing them out there last year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look, I got nothing against the guy - he can be entertaining - but I don't understand how we send Drifters - and not real racers.

      I don't know maybe I'm Naive but I agree that we send entertainers and the rest of the world sends race car drivers. There isn't anyone from IRL, or even (gasp!) NASCAR that we could send?

      Now if they open the competition to drifting - thats cool.

      We might as well send Ken block.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any idea when/where this will be broadcast in the states? (If at all).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well HDT (which also currently broadcasting the WRC races from 2009 season on Sundays) did an hour long broadcast of last years Race of Champions. Hopefully they will cover this year's as well but during or much sooner after it take place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw some bits last year and I must say that was some amazing racing to watch. Hopefully ill be able to find some coverage on it this year...
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