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NASCAR Illustrated-Question and Quotes: Race of Champions

July 17, 2014, NASCAR Illustrated, NASCAR.com

NASCAR Illustrated-Question and Quotes: Race of Champions
Do you like the idea of staging an International Race of Champions-type series?

Photo: Elmer Kappell/NASCAR Illustrated

Kyle Larson
Sprint Cup driver
(@KyleLarsonRacin)

"Heck, yeah. I remember watching those races when I was really young, and I always dreamed of running in it. It would be fun for a guy like me because I have driven so many different types of cars."

Marcos Ambrose
Sprint Cup driver
(@MarcosAmbrose)

"I do, but I've never been part of one. I miss the old IROC Series. There was also a worldwide event held each year, the Race of Champions. There also used to be a formula car race each year for the top drivers at Brands Hatch (England). I'm a big fan, but it’s hard to get everything to mesh together -- all the championships are off-sequence to each other. And if you get a dirt champion to run Daytona, he's not going to do as well as the drivers accustomed to racing on superspeedways."

Michael Annett
Sprint Cup driver
(@MichaelAnnett)

"Definitely. Those were some of my favorite races to watch. I love that format -- putting drivers from various disciplines in cars that are pretty much identical."

Kasey Kahne
Sprint Cup driver
(@KaseyKahne)
"It's pretty neat. The tough part is determining what type of race car you run. Everybody is so used to different cars. If you race a type of car you're used to driving, it's going to be easier for you to adapt than it would be for someone accustomed to driving a different style car."

What would be a good mixture of races?

Larson:
"A mile-and-a-half track, a dirt oval, an off-road race and a road course."

Ambrose: "It should include a sprint car race, an off-road race, some kind of rally, an asphalt oval and some kind of road race."

Annett: "Daytona, it's iconic. They could also run the Daytona road course and do it all in the same day."

Kahne: "A dirt track, road course, superspeedway and it would be neat to do motocross."

Would it be something you'd like to take part in?

Larson:
"If I ever got the opportunity to do that, I would jump on it."

Ambrose: "I'd love to take part in that type of series."

Annett: "I'd love to. I just like the fact that it's a race for champions. I'd love to do well enough to be invited to run that type of series and run against the best drivers in racing."

Kahne: "If it's a race for champions, I'd have to be a champion first before I could participate, but I'd love to do it. I enjoy racing as much as I can in any type of car. That would be fun."