Four-time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost is to contest the Race of Champions for the first time this year. The French legend will make his debut in motorsport's traditional end-of-season star showdown when it moves to Dusseldorf's ESPRIT Arena for the 2010 event on Nov. 27-28.
Prost said that contesting the RoC had long been an ambition. The winner of the 1985, '86, '89 and '93 F1 titles retired following his last World Championship victory but has competed in the Andros Trophy ice racing series in recent years, winning the 2007 and '08 titles.
"I'm very happy to be able to participate in the Race of Champions at last," he said. "In the past, the date has always clashed with other commitments like the Andros Trophy ice racing championship, but this year it finally works.
"It will be an absolute pleasure to race with great drivers from different disciplines and different generations. I'm really looking forward to the experience."
RoC boss Fredrik Johnsson welcomed Prost's decision to join this year's field.
"We're thrilled that Alain will make his debut at the Race of Champions in November," he said. "He is one of the all-time legends of motor racing so this first appearance at the event is eagerly anticipated and long overdue."
Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are the other big names to sign up for the 2010 RoC so far.