Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will partner 2016-2017 Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi in January’s Race Of Champions at the Foro Sol, the amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.
Castroneves and di Grassi will join forces for Team Brazil, competing against a field featuring current and former Formula 1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard, ‘Mr. Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, reigning FIA World Rally X Champion Johan Kristoffersson, FIA F3 European Champion Mick Schumacher and Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Daniel Suarez, Benito Guerra and IndyCar Series rookie Patricio O’Ward.
As part of Team Latin America, Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya reached the final of the ROC Nations Cup earlier this year in Riyadh.
“The Race Of Champions is a tremendous event which gives us the chance to race in different places and different cultures, so it’s a big honor to be invited back again,” Castroneves said.
“The cool thing about this event is that every driver has a chance, no matter what they’re used to racing. The variety of cars means there’s something suited to everyone, whether they race in open-wheelers, Rally X or NASCAR. So it really is all about the talent. I really look forward to putting on a great show for all the fans in Mexico City and I’m sure the atmosphere will be amazing.”
Di Grassi will be making his ROC debut.
“I’ve been following the event for many years, and I’ve always been impressed by the wide range of drivers who compete from all over the world and all the different varieties of motorsport,” he said. “Now I’m delighted to have the chance to see and feel how it works first-hand – and especially to be partnering Helio on Team Brazil.
“It’s going to be amazing to have the event in Mexico too. The Foro Sol is a fantastic venue with an incredible atmosphere – as I found when I won the Mexico City ePrix there last year – so it’s going to be an awesome weekend. If you want to see some of the world’s best drivers pushing to the limit in an enclosed space, come and see us!”
Race of Champions Mexico will take place January 19-20, 2019.