Ryan Hunter-Reay to get Race of Champions encore

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The Race of Champions, an all-star race of drivers from around the world, is set to return this year after a one-year hiatus when it was meant to be held in Bangkok. It will be held Dec. 13-14 at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados.

One of the drivers coming back is 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, who returns this year to represent IndyCar on the strength of his Indianapolis 500 victory.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Race of Champions for the second time,” Hunter-Reay said in a release. “My first ROC in Bangkok was an amazing experience, going head-to-head with some of the best drivers from every different motor sport discipline from around the world.”

The ROC features drivers from all different types of motorsports disciplines in a head-to-head knockout competition in a variety of equally-matched vehicles. Hunter-Reay is the third driver confirmed for ROC along with Formula One driver Romain Grosjean, the winner of the event when it was last held in 2012, and sports car legend Tom Kristensen.

“It’s great news that Ryan is coming back to the Race of Champions,” ROC organizer Fredrik Johnsson said. “This year’s Indianapolis 500 was a true classic and Ryan did brilliantly to hold off his rivals by such a tiny margin after that thrilling dice to the checkered flag. We can now look forward to seeing Ryan take on greats from all over the world of motorsport in December. He’s right at the top of his game and now that he’s already had a taste of the ROC machinery he’s sure to be a big threat to all the other drivers.”