Paris’ Stade de France will this Saturday night host the highly anticipated 2006 ‘Race of Champions’.
A late ring-in to represent F1 in front of the crowd of 60,000 is Toro Rosso’s Scott Speed, replacing Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson, who broke his wrist after falling off a golf cart.
Honda’s Jenson Button, meanwhile, has had to pull out of the event due to his damaged ribs.
“Of course, I’m really excited, and I can’t wait to race against all these guys,” Speed said.
The Race of Champions pits world racing’s top stars against each other in a variety of vehicles on a purpose-built rallycross track.
F1 veteran David Coulthard, Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen and Champ Car’s Sebastien Bourdais – who until Friday is testing at Jerez for Toro Rosso – are also slated to compete.