Helio Castroneves, Lucas di Grassi will represent Brazil at 2019 ROC Mexico
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2016-2017 Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi are the latest drivers confirmed to compete at the 2019 Race Of Champions, on January 19-20 at the Foro Sol, the amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Castroneves and di Grassi will join forces to represent Team Brazil in the ROC Nations Cup, competing against other motorsport nations. Drivers confirmed so far for ROC Mexico are Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard, Tom Kristensen, Johan Kristoffersson, Mick Schumacher, Memo Rojas, Daniel Suarez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward.
Helio Castroneves is one of the greatest drivers in the history of IndyCar. He became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 back-to-back in his first two starts at the Brickyard in 2001 and 2002. The third win came in 2009. He took a total of 30 IndyCar wins and finished as the IndyCar Series runner-up four times prior to his retirement from open-wheel racing and a move to IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2018.
Castroneves participated at the Race Of Champions in January 2018 in Riyadh, partnering Juan Pablo Montoya for Team Latin America and reaching the final of the Nations Cup.
Castroneves said: “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 has a long and illustrious racing history, reaching the peak of the world by winning the FIA Formula E Championship in 2017. Previously, he raced in Formula One and FIA World Endurance Championship. Di Grassi will participate at the Race of Champions for the first time.
Di Grassi said: “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!”