Six drivers have been added to the roster of the 2011 Race of Champions, the latest being Travis Pastrana. The Red Bull team rider and driver tore up his ankle at this summer's X-Games and hasn't competed since, but expects to be ready come the RoC weekend December 3-4 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

It will be Pastrana's sixth time in RoC competition, his first being way back in 2003, and the fear of injury shouldn't hamper his chances: he had his second-best finish in 2005, reaching the semi-finals of the RoC, just after breaking his leg during motorcycle stunt practice in Paris.

Last year Pastrana was paired with Carl Edwards for Team USA in The Nations Cup, and they were knocked out early. His teammate this year hasn't been announced, but the Team USA coordinator said he's looking for another NASCAR driver that's not contesting the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Whoever it is, so far they'll be going up against hotshoes called Scumacher, Vettel, Button, Priaulx and Ekstrom.


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      Matt Off White
      • 3 Years Ago
      well at least the dropped the I for international. I guess after years of NASCAR drivers and muscle cars they realized it really wasn't much of an international race.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Off White
        This isn't the same series, moron. RoC has been around for a while now. By the way, it was an international event. There were plenty of non-American and non-NASCAR drivers in IROC. Most recently Helio Castoneves raced in the series. There was also Kenny Brack, Adrian Fernandez, Greg Moore (Canadian), and many other non-NASCAR and non-American drivers. Oh and they always haven't been PONY cars. The very first year of IROC actually used the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera RSR.
      vpat48
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has the ROC been moved up this year. I never remember it clashing with championship weekend for NASCAR. If they are not in the chase, then that is a pretty good sign that they aren't all the good. So whoever they get in not going to get very far.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vpat48
        Uh there's plenty of good drivers that didn't make the chase...
      Ben Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't it be a chase driver? no one else driving in nascar is a champion
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ben Wright
        Just because they didn't make the chase, doesn't mean they're not a good driver. They just had a bad year.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL. I will be blown away if he makes it past the first round.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        He's actually had some pretty good showings at RoC. Never made it to the finals because he faced legendary drivers. Carl Edwards actually made it to the finals against Michael Schumacher, and wasn't that far behind when he lost.
      Drew510
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if it was just because I had a boner for Camaros or what, but this was my favorite racing series to watch when I was a kid (mid 80s).
      jamsbong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jonathan Ramsey, can you correct Michael Schumacher name?
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