Travis Pastrana was hoping to do some NASCAR Nationwide racing this year, maybe even try for the $5 million prize at the INDYCAR World Championship held last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but a shattered ankle sustained during a motorcycle trick attempt at July's X-Games put a damper on all of the American Motocross legend's 2011 plans.
Pastrana has won 11 X-Games gold medals over the years and earned four Rally America titles. This will be his fourth invitation to ROC, where he impressively made the semi-finals in 2005 despite a broken leg, and single-handedly took Team USA to the ROC Nations Cup final in 2006 after both teammates dropped out with injuries.
Still, Pastrana is feeling well enough to commit to the Race of Champions, scheduled for this December 3-4 at Dusseldorf, Germany's Esprit Arena. "I'm honored to be invited to compete against the best of the best and represent the USA again this year. There isn't an event anywhere else like the Race of Champions. The competitive nature of the drivers, combined with our limited experience in the cars makes for a lot of fun and chaos. I've been injured most of this year," Pastrana noted, "and can't wait to get back in a car to prepare for this event."
Thus far the drivers that have been confirmed for ROC include seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, reigning and youngest two-time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel, 2009 F1 titleholder Jenson Button, sports car ace Andy Priauix, double GP2 champion Romain Grosjean, DTM standout and three-time ROC Champion of Champions Mattias Ekstrom and WRC ace Sebastien Ogier, along with Pastrana.