Kyle Busch Added to 2017 Race of Champions Roster

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

When the Race of Champions comes to Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, there’ll be not one, but two Busch brothers representing NASCAR in the event.

2015 NASCAR Premier Series champion Kyle Busch has been confirmed to make his ROC debut in next month’s event, joining brother and 2004 champion Kurt Busch to represent ‘Team USA NASCAR’.

Busch confirmed the news in a video tweet early Monday morning.

“Since day one, it’s always been about going faster than the other guy,” Busch said in the video. “From go karts to late models to stock cars, winning is the common language. Winning fuels me. I live for checkered flags and championship trophies.

“I live like I race. I give everything I have to everything that I do. I have 170 NASCAR wins. I win championships at every level. I’ve kissed the bricks at Indy and raised the Cup at Homestead. They say to be the best, you have to beat the best. See you in Miami.”

With the announcement, Busch becomes the sixth American driver to be confirmed for the event, joining older brother Kurt, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Travis Pastrana and two-time Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship champion Scott Speed.

Andretti Autosport teammate Rossi and Hunter-Reay will be paired in ‘Team USA IndyCar’, while Pastrana and Scott will run with ‘Team USA Rally X.’

Others competing in the event include Formula One drivers Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa and 2015 Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya.

“It’s really cool to be included in the 2017 Race of Champions,” said Busch. “You look at the list of drivers and their backgrounds and it’s pretty impressive. I love to race anything I can, so I’m really excited to be heading to Miami and getting behind the wheel of some different types of vehicles in order to compete against the best guys in the world.”

The Race of Champions will begin with a day of individual racing on Jan. 21. The field will then return on Jan. 22, where they’ll race in pairs in the ROC Nations Cup.

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