• Drivers compete during the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • The drivers sit for a team picture prior the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 04: Michael Schumacher of Germany races during day two of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on December 4, 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 04: Brian Deegan of USA turns during day two of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on December 4, 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 04: Jenson Button of Great Britain races during day two of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on December 4, 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 04: Michael Schumacher of Germany races during day two of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on December 4, 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - DECEMBER 04: Sebastian Vettel of Germany races during day two of the race of champions event at the Esprit Arena on December 4, 2011 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • Germany's F1 legend Michael Schumacher, right, races with soccer star Michael Ballack, left, during the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • France's Sebastien Ogier celebrates in his car after winning the final of the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • France's Sebastien Ogier, up, winning the final of the Race of Champions against second placed Tom Kristensen of Denmark, down, at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Germany's F1 legend Michael Schumacher, right, steers his car during the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • US driver Travis Pastrana steers his car during the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Germany's F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, left, and partner Michael Schumacher celebrate after winning the the Race of Champions Nations Cup at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Germany's Red Bull F1 World champion Sebastian Vettel, left, and teammate F1 legend Michael Schumacher react to supporters during the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • France's Sebastien Ogier, right, is celebrated by second placed Tom Kristensen of Denmark, left, after winning the final of the Race of Champions at the arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Every year the racing season closes with the annual Race of Champions. The year-end event gives drivers from different racing disciplines a chance to compete against each other on common ground and in identical machinery. And while it doesn't necessarily move every year, organizers try to bring the action to different locations.

Eighteen of the world's top drivers returned this past weekend to Düsseldorf's ESPRIT Arena to contest this year's 2011 Race of Champions. Up for grabs was glory for each driver's native land in the ROC Nation's Cup on Saturday, as well as individual glory and the title Champion of Champions in Sunday's elimination competition.

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