HDNet Races to Paris

HDNet will air the “2005 Race of Champions - Nations Cup” live from the Stade de France in Paris.

The event -- an end-of-season international racing showdown featuring two competitions -- will air Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. (EST), followed by a primetime encore presentation at 9:30 p.m., the network said.

The “Race of Champions” will feature 19 the world's best drivers -- including the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing's Jeff Gordon and X-Games champion Travis Pastrana -- in a series of head-to-head heats in identical cars to determine the individual "Champion of Champions."

Then, the “Nations Cup” will feature the same drivers competing in national teams of two in a bid to determine "The World's Fastest Nation."

“This is the only event of its kind where top U.S. competitors represent their country against the best drivers from around the world,” HDNet founder Mark Cuban said in a prepared statement.