Travis Pastrana will compete at the 2010 Race of Champions, to be held at the ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on Nov. 27-28.
Since becoming the youngest freestyle motocross world champion at the age of 14, Pastrana has picked up an impressive range of silverware both on bikes and in cars. He has four Rally America titles and 11 gold medals from the X-Games, where he wowed the crowds as the first rider to nail the double back flip. He is just as well known for stunts including jumping out of a plane without a parachute and the longest ever jump in a car over water.
Pastrana has also been a regular addition to the ROC lineup, whose 2010 entry includes seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, four-time F1 champion Alain Prost, six-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel and three-time WTCC champion Andy Priaulx.
Pastrana's record at the Race of Champions is solid. In 2005 he made the semi-final despite a broken leg sustained in a freestyle motocross exhibition jump at the same event. The next year he single-handedly took Team USA to the ROC Nations Cup final after both Jimmie Johnson and his replacement Scott Speed were injured just before the event.
"The Race of Champions is the event I look forward to the most,” said Pastrana. “I feel very fortunate to be invited again to represent my country – and I'm tired of losing! I have high expectations for the USA this year and can't wait to drive against the world's best."
The Race of Champions has been staged every year since 1988, founded by IMP President Fredrik Johnsson and Michele Mouton, the world's most successful female rally driver. This year's event will take place on a specially constructed asphalt circuit with two parallel lanes winding their way around the ESPRIT arena.
Johnsson said: “Travis is one of the true legends of the Race of Champions so we're delighted that he's coming back again this year. He always thrills the crowds with his zany antics and he's sure to be up to his usual tricks in November.”