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Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana to run Race of Champions

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will represent the United States in the upcoming international Race of Champions, an event he won with Jeff Gordon in 2002.

Johnson will compete in the event scheduled Feb. 4-6 in Pite Havsbad, Sweden for the “Champion of Champions” title in the individual ROC competition. He also will team with Travis Pastrana, the reigning American Rally Association Champion, for Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup.

The ROC “Snow + Ice” World Final will be held on the frozen Baltic Sea, 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Among the drivers already confirmed to compete are Formula One star Valtteri Bottas, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, reigning FIA World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson and nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb. Also confirmed are former F1 champion Mika Hakkinen and three-time ROC world final winner Mattias Ekström.

ROC pits racers from various motorsports disciplines in head-to-head heats until the last driver remaining is crowned the “Champion of Champions.” The last of the two-driver teams claims the ROC Nations Cup and title as the “World’s fastest Nation.”

—- Associated Press