So far, only three drivers are confirmed for the 2010 Race of Champions, but it's already shaping up to be one for the history books. Not only is the year-end, cross-discipline event returning to Germany – the country that has held the Nations Cup title the past three years running – but now one of the most successful racing drivers alive will finally, for the first time in his career, be on hand in a bid for top honors.
The driver in question is one Alain Prost, the four-time Formula One world champion. For the past few years since his retirement, Prost has been competing in the Andros Trophy ice racing series, whose title he won two years running. The Andros calendar, says Prost, usually conflicts with the RoC, an event he's long wished to challenge, but this year there's no overlap. So at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorg this coming November, the Frenchman will be squaring off (amongst others) against Michael Schumacher, the only living driver ever to win more grands prix and F1 titles than himself. This ought to be good. Details in the press release after the jump.
[Source: Race of Champions]
Alain Prost to compete in 2010 Race of Champions
- Formula 1 legend Alain Prost will make his debut at The Race of Champions in Düsseldorf on November 27-28
- The French motor racing superstar won four F1 world championships and took 51 grand prix victories in a glittering career
Alain Prost, one of motor racing's all-time greats, has joined the line-up for the 2010 Race of Champions, to be held at Düsseldorf's ESPRIT arena on November 27-28.
The annual end-of-season competition brings together the world's greatest drivers from motor sport's most prestigious disciplines and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
Now Prost will make his debut at this year's Race of Champions, joining a driver line-up that already includes seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher - the only man in history to have won more grands prix than the Frenchman - and 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel.
"I'm very happy to be able to participate in The Race of Champions at last," said Prost. "In the past the date has always clashed with other commitments like the Andros Trophy ice racing championship, but this year it finally works.
"It will be an absolute pleasure to race with great drivers from different disciplines and different generations. I'm really looking forward to the experience."
Nicknamed 'The Professor', Prost took his four world championships during the Eighties and early Nineties - one of F1's golden eras - alongside Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, with whom he is most closely associated.
The Frenchman has recently returned to competitive action at the Andros Trophy ice racing championship in his native country. His two titles in the series show the 55-year-old has lost little of the pace that brought him so much glory.
The Race of Champions has been staged every year since 1988, founded by IMP President Fredrik Johnsson and Michèle Mouton, the world's most successful female rally driver. This year's event will again take place on a specially constructed tarmac circuit with two parallel lanes winding their way round Düsseldorf's ESPRIT arena.
Johnsson said: "We're thrilled that Alain will make his debut at The Race of Champions in November. He is one of the all-time legends of motor racing so this first appearance at the event is eagerly anticipated and long overdue."
More star drivers will be announced as the countdown to the 2010 Race of Champions continues in the run-up to the big weekend in Düsseldorf on November 27-28.
Tickets will be available from Thursday May 20 from www.raceofchampions.com with prices starting at 29 Euros.