After two seasons of cartoon characters fighting each other almost literally to the death in the NASCAR Cartoon Cup Series, a new series has emerged, featuring characters from all walks of life - the Cartoon Race of Champions!
It is based on the real-life Race of Champions, which is an international all-star motorsports event held at the end of each year, and the only such event to showcase drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, sports cars, touring cars, rally cars, motorcycles, you name it! The Cartoon Race of Champions will have a similar premise, with characters from all sorts of nationalities duking it out for world supremacy!
Here's how it's going to work; the event will take place in a large stadium, with a track built on its field. The track features two parallel courses that cross over each other at the midway point so that they both ultimately go the same distance around. Each round in the event will be a one-on-one two-lap race.
Now here's what makes this event really special; the event will be featuring teams of two drivers, each team representing a nation. While the real-life Race of Champions has 16 drivers on 8 teams (at least), the Cartoon Race of Champions will have double that amount, with 32 drivers on 16 teams representing 16 different nations from all the major continents!
And here they are;
Australia (Guy "SheZow" Hamdon and Wallabee Beatles)
Brazil (Jose Carioca and Raimundo Pedrosa)
Canada (Nikki Wong and Artha Penn)
Celtic Nations (Fanny Fulbright and Groundskeeper Willie)
China (Amy Wong and Chang Wufei)
Egypt (Marik Ishtar and Ishizu Ishtar)
England (Nigel Uno and Ferb Fletcher)
France (Aelita Stones and Jeremy Belpois)
Germany (Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Zigfried von Schroeder)
India (Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Baljeet Tjinder)
Italy (Will Vandom and Bloom)
Japan (Ash Ketchum and Yugi Moto)
Mexico (Manny Rivera and Rikochet)
Peru (Emperor Kuzco and Kronk)
Scandinavia (Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth)
United States (Homer Simpson and Edd)
Now then; even though this year's real-life Race of Champions is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, the Cartoon Race of Champions will not be, since there is no team representing that particular country. Instead, it will be held at Saltlake Stadium in Calcutta, India; it has twice the seating capacity as Rajamagala Stadium in Bangkok, AND they'll have a team representing them!
As for the event itself, the actual Race of Champions will not occur right away; there will first be a Nations' Cup, in which the two drivers from each team will be working together to win for their nation. The teams will be split into four groups of four teams each. In this group stage, each team will face off against each other team in its own group twice each; once with each driver.
After the group stage, the top two teams from each group will make it to the knockout stage - each round in this series will be best two out of three. We'll start with the quarterfinals; the winners there proceed to the semifinals; the winners there go to the finals while the losers go to the 3rd-place round. And of course, whoever wins the finals will win the Nations' Cup!
Then comes the actual Race of Champions, which will be every driver for themselves. Its group stage will have the individual drivers put into eight groups of four drivers each, with each driver facing off with each other driver in their group once each.
Then, of course, when that's done, the top two drivers from each group will proceed to the knockout stage, starting with the round of 16. The winners there will go on to the quarterfinals, and from there to the semifinals, with the losers in that round going to the 3rd-place round, and the winners going on to the finals. And whichever driver wins in the finals will be crowned Champion of Champions!
Alright, now that that's all been explained, stay tuned for the opening ceremonies...!