Sauber's Felipe Massa will compete in the Race of Champions at the Stade de France, Paris, in December and is aiming to beat F1 champion Michael Schumacher. Massa and the 2004 Indy Racing League champion Tony Kanaan will form the Brazilian team...
Sauber's Felipe Massa will compete in the Race of Champions at the Stade de France, Paris, in December and is aiming to beat F1 champion Michael Schumacher. Massa and the 2004 Indy Racing League champion Tony Kanaan will form the Brazilian team and Felipe predicts an interesting event.
"I think it has to be my aim to beat Michael Schumacher," said Massa. "But it is not just about trying to beat him. There will be some amazing drivers there like Sebastien Loeb and Jeff Gordon."
"It's going to be very interesting to drive in the middle of the Stade de France. I say interesting but I have no idea how it is going to be. To be racing for Brazil will be cool. Tony Kanaan is a good friend. We have two open wheel guys so I am not sure how we will do. I hope we can be in the top 3."
Schumacher will team up with former World Rally Championship driver Armin Schwarz for Germany. There are two French teams, one consisting of DTM and former F1 driver, Jean Alesi and this year's WRC champion Sebastien Loeb. The other French team consists of newly crowned Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais and WRC's Stephane Sarrazin.
NASCAR Cup stars Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson make up the USA team, while F1's David Coulthard and former WRC driver Colin McRae represent Great Britain. McRae has had a fun year, driving in special rally events plus his first venture into road racing at the 24 hours of Le Mans.
DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom and the 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack will team up for Sweden. World Series Formula by Nissan 2004 champion Heikki Kovalainen joins forces with the two-time WRC champion Marcus Gronholm for Finland.
The RoC competition is in it's 17th year, the event will be held in a stadium consisting of side-by-side racing. This year's event will feature thoroughbred Ferraris, rally-bred Citroens and Peugeots and dune-buggy style RoC racers. The event will take place December 4, 2004.