Jimmie Johnson returns to ROC, will staff with Travis Pastrana on USA squad
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Collection champion Jimmie Johnson will make his return to a Race Of Champions World Remaining in Pite Havsbard, Sweden, February 5-6, 2022.
. Tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Johnson’s seven NASCAR Cup Collection titles have made him one in every of he most celebrated drivers in American motorsports. After his final fulltime season in NASCAR in 2020, Johnson presently drives the No. 48 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing within the NTT IndyCar Collection.
In his 20 plus years of NASCAR Cup Collection competitors, Johnson began 686 races and took 83 wins and 374 top-10 finishes. In 2002, Johnson and Jeff Gordon grew to become the primary NASCAR drivers to tackle an elite, worldwide roster of champions racers on the annual ROC. The occasion was held in Gran Canaria, Spain, and the 2 inventory automobile racers shocked the sphere and audiences by taking the ROC Nations Cup away from Group Spain that had gained the title in 2001. The win paved the best way for extra American affect on the annual Race Of Champions, though the ROC Nations Cup has remained elusive to Group USA since that 2002 victory.
“Gran Canaria was dust, and I don’t assume the opposite guys knew how a lot dust racing Jeff and I had in our backgrounds,” Johnson mentioned. “I don’t assume many anticipated me to run nicely and even knew who I used to be for that matter. To win the ROC Nation’s Cup, was one thing actually distinctive. The one occasion the place I represented my nation. I’ve been capable of accomplish rather a lot in my profession, however that’s the one expertise I’ve had like that. I’m actually wanting ahead to returning to ROC and competing with Travis (Pastrana). He’s an incredible expertise and we now have such enjoyable competing collectively. Hopefully we are able to go have some enjoyable and success on the snow and ice.”
The ROC “Snow + Ice” World Remaining in Pite Havsbad, Sweden guarantees to be one other alternative for drivers accustomed to unfastened automobiles and unpredictable surfaces. Because the quickest, widest course in ROC’s 30-year historical past, the upcoming occasion shall be held on the frozen Baltic Sea simply 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
“Drivers come to ROC as a result of it provides a particular expertise and modern challenges that they might not discover of their regular racing seasons,” mentioned ROC President, Fredrik Johnsson. “ROC has had a superb run in large stadiums everywhere in the world, however it will likely be actually good to get again to pure terrain.”
As all the time, ROC will see racers from quite a few disciplines of motorsport face-off in intense head-to-head heats till the final particular person driver is topped the “Champion of Champions” and the final of the two-driver groups lays declare to the ROC Nations Cup and title because the “World’s quickest Nation”.
ROC’s “Champion of Champions” particular person racing was launched in 1988 and the ROC Nations Cup was launched in 1999, rapidly changing into a favourite of followers and drivers. The Nations Cup occasion has seen unbelievable rivalries, dynasties and upsets over time. System 1 stars Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel dominated this occasion from 2007 to 2012 and stay probably the most profitable staff within the ROC Nations Cup historical past.
“The brief days, the brutal chilly and the altering situations will make Sweden rather well fitted to all-round skills like Jimmie,” Fredrik Johnsson continued. “He doesn’t have a lot expertise with four-wheel drive, however he’s very expert off-road and at excessive speeds, so I’m positive he’ll alter in a short time similar to he did in 2002.”