KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — official release — Sarah Glenn/Getty Images North America photo —
2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14.
Busch has amassed 25 premier series wins, including a victory at this year’s STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, and in May Busch also became just the fourth driver in motorsport history to attempt “Double Duty”, racing in both NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway and the world-famous Indianapolis 500.
His run to 6th place in his debut at the IndyCar classic earned him the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.
Busch will join other drivers from various forms of motorsports in the annual event, including fellow American and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, Formula One’s Romain Grosjean (reigning ROC Champion of Champions) and Susie Wolff (Williams development driver). Australian V8 Supercar legend, current points leader and five-time series champion Jamie Whincup and 2014 FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg are also confirmed as participants in this year’s event.
The rest of the ROC 2014 field will be announced in the run-up to December’s event.
“I’ve raced for a lot of great sponsors in my career, but to race for my country, that’s something pretty special. You look at the names of the people who’ve competed in the Race Of Champions, past and present. To be included on that list is a real honour. I’m excited to team up with Ryan again. He won the Indy 500 for our team, hopefully we can win this one for the United States,” Busch said.
“We are delighted that Kurt will compete at the 2014 Race Of Champions. We have had a long history of welcoming NASCAR’s biggest names and now Kurt is keeping up that tradition. He has always been a very exciting driver to watch on track and we are in no doubt he will entertain the crowds in the heat of the Bushy Park Circuit in December,” said Race of Champions organizer Fredrik Johnsson.
“We hope many American race fans will make the trip to Barbados to watch how Kurt gets on against some of the best drivers in the world,” Johnsson added. “It will be especially intriguing to see if he can partner Ryan Hunter-Reay to a long-overdue ROC Nations Cup victory for Team USA. We look forward to seeing lots of their fellow countrymen cheer them on at this festival of racing in the Caribbean sun.”