American pairing Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana are focused on going all the way at Wembley in an effort to secure success in the annual Race of Champions event.

The duo will take on Germany in the opening round of the Nations Cup as the American's aim to secure the crown for the second time - with Johnson having partnered Jeff Gordon and Colin Edwards to the crown back in 2002 in Gran Canaria.

NASCAR champion Johnson - who missed the event through injury last season - will take on Champ Car title winner Sebastien Bourdais in the opening round of the Race of Champions and is in the same half of the draw as Michael Schumacher but said he was looking forward to representing his country and going for glory.

"Four-wheel-drives are something I'm not familiar with, but I had eight laps of practice so I should be just fine!" he said. "We've got to be confident because we're all racing drivers In the race, there'll be no spotter to talk to me and no other drivers around me to race so it will be very different.

"This really is an event to come and meet all these great drivers and drive cars I've never really even seen before! I love the challenge and it's great to represent my country on foreign soil."

Pastrana, who flew the flag for his nation alone last season and nearly caused an upset witth a fine run in the Nations Cup, will take on Marcus Gronholm in the opening round and could face defending champion Mattias Ekstrom in round two - although he said it was the Nations Cup where he expected Team USA to shine.

"I'm used to competing in stadiums with the FMX," he said. "Last year my USA team-mate Jimmie Johnson got hurt so I got a bit of extra track time. I made it all the way to the finals. This year, with Jimmie, we should go all the way. He turns left so good that he doesn't even have to turn right!"

 

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