Karthikeyan and Chandhok to form ROC Team India
6 November 2012 – For the first time in history, this year’s Race of Champions will feature a Team India. Karun Chandhok will be paired alongside current HRT Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan as the event is staged in Bangkok, Thailand for the first time.
This year’s event takes place between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 December, staged at the Rajamangala Stadium which is the national sporting venue of Thailand.
“It’s really cool to receive an invitation to participate in the Race of Champions,” says Karthikeyan. “What a fantastic honour it is as well. The competition is the strongest in the world, with only the best of the best from many different forms of motor sport all competing against each other.
"The added benefit of representing your country is a real privilege and one which I have done before in my career, so I know how special that feels. Karun and I are definitely going to enjoy ourselves.”
Chandhok (top) raced for HRT, then known as Hispania Racing, in 2010 but made a one-off appearance with Team Lotus - now Caterham - at the 2011 German Grand Prix.
“I'm very excited about going to the Race of Champions!” he adds. “It's fantastic that the organisers have decided to have an Indian team and Narain and I had the dates free to do it. The event looks like a lot of fun while obviously being very competitive.”