Felipe Massa to compete in 2017 Race of Champions United States
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 27, 2016 Updated: 1:13 PM
Williams driver Felipe Massa has announced he will enter the 2017 Race of Champions in Miami, Florida. The event takes place in January next year at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins.
"It's a fantastic pleasure for me to participate in the Race Of Champions for another year the event is a big challenge and it's a great idea to have a race with the best drivers from all the different motor sport categories. I look forward to meeting up with my old friend and fellow countryman Tony Kanaan.
"In 2004 in Paris we made up a very good combination: he beat Sebastien Loeb and I beat Michael Schumacher until we were both given penalties for touching the guard rails too much..."
“The atmosphere is special at the Race Of Champions too you’re in the middle of the grandstands so you can hear all the fans and they can see all the corners. It’s a great feeling and great enjoyment for everyone. Even better it’s in Miami, which is one of my favourite places and somewhere I’ve always enjoyed going for holidays. So it’s a perfect combination and I’m really looking forward to it, especially to starting my new life after retirement,” said Massa.
Massa’s entry now makes him the second Formula One driver join the event alongside ROC regular Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa, announced his retirement during the Italian Grand Prix back in September.
The Race of Champions (ROC) will be coming to the United States after for the first time.
In previous years the event has visited, France (2004-2006), London (2007-2008), Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf's Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014) and London's Olympic Stadium (2015).
The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, MotoGP, World Rally and action sports – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.