The track for next month’s Race of Champions Riyadh has been unveiled.
Recent layouts in London and Miami had varied, but the event inside the King Fahad International Stadium in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 2-3 will return to the traditional parallel format, with a figure-eight linked by the race’s signature crossover bridge.
The layout, on which construction will begin on Friday, was designed by ROC co-founder and rally great Michele Mouton. Stunt legend and ROC test driver Terry Grant recently put a mock-up version to the test.
Defending event winner Juan Pablo Montoya, 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden and nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen head a star-studded list of entrants. Also participating are Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, David Coulthard, FIA Formula 3 European Champion Lando Norris and ROC Factor winners from Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Additional drivers are expected to be announced closer to the event.
The competitors will take to the track in a range of machinery including the Vuhl 05 ROC Edition, Ariel Atom Cup, Xtreme Pickup, Whelen NASCAR, KTM X-Bow Comp R and ROC Car.
This year’s Race of Champions event comes as women are able to drive in the country for the first time.