Tanner Foust To Team With Carl Edwards For Team USA
At Race Of Champions In London
Foust Replaces Injured Travis Pastrana For This Weekend’s Race
At Wembley Stadium
December 10th, 2008, London, UK— Tanner Foust was picked today as a last minute alternate to Travis Pastrana for the all-star Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium in London, England this coming weekend. Pastrana was injured this week in California. The Race of Champions pits the world’s fastest drivers from the sport’s top race series including Formula One, World Rally Championship, and Touring Car Racing. Featured drivers this year include championship winners, Sebastien Loeb, Michael Schumacher and Mattias Ekstrom.
Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust joins NASCAR phenom Carl Edwards to represent Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup. Tanner Foust is the 2008 and 2007 US Formula Drift champion and also a championship winning rally driver who took the gold medal in the 2007 X Games Rally and silver behind Pastrana in this year’s X Games. Foust is also an on-air TV host currently presenting Speed TV’s Supercars Exposed and one of the three hosts for the coming US version of BBC’s Top Gear.
Tanner is ecstatic about participating and said “The investigation will reveal I had nothing to with Travis’ injuries and of course I wish him a speedy recovery. More seriously though, I’m honored to have this opportunity to represent the USA on the world stage racing against guys who are heroes to me.”
The Race of Champions pits the best race drivers in the world against each other in head-to-head races on a tarmac course inside Wembley Stadium. The drivers race various identical cars including, for this year,KTM X-Bows, Ford Focus WRC cars and Abarth Assetto Corsas. The winner of the Race of Champions will be crowned Champion of Champions. The event is anticipated to have fifty thousand plus live spectators and millions of TV viewers worldwide. broadcast of the event. This is the twenty first year of the Race of Champions. ROC will air on Discovery HD early in the New Year.
More details on Race of Champions at www.raceofchampions.com
For more on Tanner Foust go to www.tannerfoust.com
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Thank you and Happy Holidays!
One would think that because our staff is pretty much going non-stop from February to mid-November that we would all welcome the Holidays and the lack of traveling to and from events, meetings, planning, etc; but I actually really miss all that already. It’s been just a few weeks since our last event and though I am very ready for some rest, there is a sick part of me that wants to be hanging banners and walking the pits on a Thursday morning when everyone is loading in. We are now in the office work realm of the job that is mostly strategic, preparatory and lots of planning. Venues, sponsors, contracts, proposals, meetings, new projects, budgeting…all that stuff. Part of the game, but I’d rather be at the track. It’s funny because from about mid-season on when you are really start to feel the drag of lack of sleep and high stress, you can’t wait for this moment when you can be a regular human, but in reality when that time arrives, you wanna be back with tire speckles in your hair. My mom told me last week that when you get older you never look back on your life and say, “I wish I worked more”. Yes, I believe that, but when it comes to being able to do what we do, I only think that is half true. I’m ready for more.
It is amazing what has happened in such a short time span in this incredible industry. As we approach a trying time for not only drifting but for the automotive world we will truly find out how much “call” we have. I believe what has been seen this year in this state, in terms of drifting, was one of the most progressive, forward-moving pushes of new ideas, new-level talent and of course excitement. I believe we have quite a lot of look forward to and though Thanksgiving has just barely passed, I cannot wait until the cops are yelling at us to open the street back up on The Streets of Long Beach.