Fresh from his victory in the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta, Carl Edwards has been named as part of the Team USA line-up for the end of season Race of Champions event at Wembley Stadium.
The Roush-Fenway Racing ace will join forces with multiple X Games winner Travis Pastrana for his debut in the event, which will see the pair go up against the likes of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher and WRC racer Sebastien Loeb – who will look to wrap up a fifth world title this weekend in Japan.
Edwards, a 14-time winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and the winner of last year's NASCAR Nationwide Series, currently lies second in the points in both championships and admitted he couldn't wait for the London event in December.
"It's great to be able represent the United States in the Race of Champions this year in England," he said. "I've never been to Europe and expect it will be spectacular.
"To race with the top drivers in the world is the opportunity of a lifetime. I will be teaming up with X Games Champion, Travis Pastrana, which will be a great experience in itself. He's the man, and the goal is to bring back a trophy. I can't wait. It should be a lot of fun."
Edwards' big Sprint Cup rival Jimmie Johnson has taken part in the Race of Champions on a number of occasions in the past, and he backed the Ford man to shine on his debut.
"Carl has a great racing background which will allow him to adapt to the variety of cars he'll be driving and the unique track at this year's Race of Champions," Johnson reflected. "It will be a tough challenge, but I know Carl will represent Team USA well and have a great time doing it."