Three time Indianapolis 500 champion and IMSA WhetherTech Sportscar championship driver Helio Castroneves and former Formula One driver turned ABB Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi have been named as Brazil’s team for the 2019 Race Of Champions.
The Race of Champions takes place in Mexico from January 19 -20. Speaking about the news, Castroneves commented by saying:
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 honour to be invited back again. 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.
Lucas Di Grassi commented saying:
I’m super excited to be making my debut at the Race Of Champions at last. 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. 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 Preisdent, Fredrik Johnsson commented by saying:
We’re delighted that Helio and Lucas will be joining us at the Race Of Champions in January – and joining forces for Team Brazil in the ROC Nations Cup. Helio is a legend of IndyCar, with three Indy 500 wins to his name, while Lucas has been consistently at the front of the Formula E grid ever since it started. Now it will be fascinating to follow how they get on against the other greats of global motorsport in action next month in Mexico City.
“We already have drivers from Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, Le Mans, Rally X and Formula E in our field, with more announcements on their way. The biggest fun is in finding out who will come out on top. It’s a mouthwatering prospect for any race fan and we look forward to welcoming a full crowd to the Foro Sol to enjoy the show.