Kurt Busch and Susie Wolff are the two newest additions to the Race of Champions field, which occurs this December in Barbados. Busch was confirmed Tuesday, Wolff Monday.
Busch’s 2014 has continued his comeback in NASCAR Sprint Cup, where he shifted to Stewart-Haas Racing, made the Chase by virtue of his spring race win at Martinsville, then pulled off one of the stories of the year when he did the “Double” this summer of running the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. Busch won Rookie-of-the-Year honors at Indy.
Busch will team with his month of May teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Indianapolis 500 champion, for Team USA at the ROC. Hunter-Reay was named to the ROC lineup last month.
“I’ve raced for a lot of great sponsors in my career, but to race for my country, that’s something pretty special,” he said in a release. “You look at the names of the people who’ve competed in the Race Of Champions, past and present. To be included on that list is a real honor. I’m excited to team up with Ryan again. He won the Indy 500 for our team, hopefully we can win this one for the United States.”
Wolff, the Williams Racing test driver who’s had a couple of free practice one outings this season, will become the first female driver in ROC history.
“I’m so looking forward to racing again,” Wolff said in a release. “I have a full-time job at Williams, which is great, but nothing can replace the adrenalin of racing and I can’t wait to get that back. So I’m proud to have been chosen to take part in the Race Of Champions and I’m looking forward to racing against some of the top-rated drivers in the world.”