The Race of Champions is a two-day end-of-the-year event that really ought to be a lot bigger than it is, since it brings together the best drivers on the planet for a series of on-track showdowns. NASCAR's representative this year was Carl Edwards, a guy who's previously had some success at the RoC; in 2008, he was named the top driver in the world at the event, outdueling the legendary Michael Schumacher head-to-head along the way.
This year's event, held in Dusseldorf, Germany this past weekend, didn't work out quite so well for Edwards, pictured above with NASCAR newbie-to-be Travis Pastrana and Tanner Foust. In a 16-driver tournament that included Schumacher, Sebastien Loeb, Heikki Kovalainen and Sebastian Vettel, Edwards got bounced early. He and Pastrana, in Group C, lost out to Vettel and eventual champion Filipe Albuquerque, who may drive like a champion but still has a name like a Bugs Bunny villain.
"I did the best I could," Edwards said after the race. "The issue is, I race on lots bigger tracks than this, but I should still be able to pick it up. I got a good run in my second race but had a bit of trouble on the last lap and lost against Filipe Albuquerque. This event is a challenge because these drivers are very good, and everyone is a champion."
Too bad he didn't win; would've loved to see the world's reaction to the backflip. But he may have a point with the small track. Take a look at where these cats were running:
Man. That makes Bristol look like Talladega.