Coverage of this weekend's 25th Race of Champions, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, will be available for U.S. fans via the internet. DRIVE announced it will exclusively air the RoC events at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 15 and 16 for U.S. viewers on its YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/DRIVE <http://www.youtube.com/DRIVE>.
The ROC pits an all-star cast of drivers from various motorsports disciplines, including Formula 1, IndyCar, World Rally Championship, MotoGP, Touring Cars, and Le Mans sports cars. The competition will feature a series of head-to-head races in identical cars on a parallel track inside Rajamangala Stadium to crown the “Champion of Champions.” Drivers will pair up by nationality for the ROC Nations Cup ahead of the individual Race of Champions the following day.
In partnership with Pirelli, Hertz and GoPro, DRIVE will produce pre-show and play-by-play commentary programming with longtime ROC presenter John Hindhaugh from RadioLeMans.com, professional driver and racing commentator Tommy Kendall and DRIVE motorsports analyst and host of SHAKEDOWN, Leo Parente.
“At DRIVE we continue to redefine automotive and motorsports programming,” said J.F. Musial, CEO of TangentVector, Inc. and executive producer of DRIVE. “As the first YouTube channel to exclusively stream a motorsports event online, DRIVE offers a vehicle for our viewers, subscribers and advertisers to take part in the shift of consumers' sports consumption from traditional to digital.”
This year's Race of Champions lineup includes Ryan Hunter-Reay, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean and Jorge Lorenzo, among many others.