It's a mystery how the Race of Champions can lure the biggest names in motorsports -- like Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher -- to swallow their pride and jump into strange little custom buggies and zip around a tight indoor track. But somehow it happens, and the drivers all seem to have a blast.
This year, the Race of Champions takes place at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok this weekend. Vettel and Schumacher have again confirmed participation. So have Tom Kristensen, the eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion, and Mick Doohan, the MotoGP legend. Jorge Lorenzo, the current MotoGP champion, is also set to compete, as well as WRC rally driver Sébastien Ogier.
They will race in a variety of cars, aside from the aforementioned ROC buggy. Some of the other cars are the KTM X-Bow (also wacky but very fast), the Audi R8 LMS, VW Scirocco, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo and the Toyota GT86.
So how can you watch this crazy all-star contest? If you're in the U.S., you can watch the Race of Champions on the Drive channel on You Tube. For a preview of what you can expect to see, here's the 2011 quarter-final race between Vettel and Schumacher in the ROC buggies.
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