NASCAR Cham­pion Kurt Busch joins ROC 2014 field

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Amer­i­can NASCAR su­per­star Kurt Busch has hap­pily ac­cepted the 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 been a ma­jor force in Amer­ica’s most popular rac­ing se­ries ever since he be­came the NASCAR Sprint Cup Se­ries Cham­pion in 2004, the first year the 10-race Chase for the ti­tle was in­tro­duced. He has now amassed 25 top flight wins, in­clud­ing vic­tory at this year’s STP 500 at the Martinsville Speed­way in Vir­ginia.

This year Busch and Hunter-Reay will be part of a ROC line-up fea­tur­ing stars from all over the world: nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours win­ner Tom Kris­tensen, For­mula 1’s Ro­main Grosjean (reign­ing ROC Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons) and Susie Wolff (Wil­liams de­vel­op­ment driver), Aus­tralian V8 Su­per­car legend Jamie Whin­cup and 2014 FIA World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pion Pet­ter Sol­berg are al­ready con­firmed. The rest of the ROC 2014 field will be an­nounced in the run-up to De­cem­ber’s event.

Busch said: “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.”

ROC or­gan­iser Fredrik Johns­son added: “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.

“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.”

Per­re­nial NASCAR cham­pion Kurt Busch head­lines an im­pres­sive field in Bar­ba­dos.

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