City anchor: Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok to jam together at ROC weekend
Michael Schumacher, of course, has famously put off bidding a complete adieu to race-cars until next year so that he can win 7 ROC titles — seven being his favourite number. And Sebastian Vettel will join him for a dream German team in the second-day Nations Cup. But this coming weekened in Thailand will mark a first appearance for the Indian duo — arguably motorsport’s most recognised faces in India post their Formula One stints — even as the ROC, a “serious fun event” as Narain describes it enters its 25th year.
The ROC is a gala-like season-ending melting pot for the who’s who of motorsport going beyond F1. It brings together heroes from vrooming machines’ many outposts including world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, MotoGP, Indycar and the X-Games.
It pits drivers head-to-head in identical machinery.
After pit-stopping at London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium (2009) and Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT arena (2010-2011), ROC 2012 will now be held on a tarmac track with two parallel lanes winding their way round Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.
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