COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tim Tetrick, who has led the nation in driver earnings for the past seven years in a row, will represent the U.S. in the 2015 World Driving Championship in New South Wales, Australia, from Feb. 21 through March 1.
It will be Tetrick's first appearance in the WDC.
"It's an honor; hopefully I can make America proud and do a good job," said Tetrick. "I've never been to Australia before, so I'm definitely looking forward to that as well.
"I'm sure I'll talk to some people before I go, but I'm just going to go about it the way I usually go about my business," said Tetrick. "I'm going to do my homework, have an open mind, try to do a good job - and hopefully have a lot of fun doing it. I'm excited. I'm really looking forward to it."
Conducted since 1970, the World Driving Championship will bring together 10 of the world's best harness drivers to compete in 20 races at six different tracks in Australia.
"I've known Tim ever since he started driving and we couldn't have a better representative for this event," said U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley. "He is very good with both the media and the public and I know the Australians were very eager for him to compete."
Nine of those 10 drivers have been named by their countries. In addition to Tetrick, the 2015 WDC drivers will be defending champion Pierre Vercruysse (France); Jody Jamieson (Canada); Knud Monster (Denmark); Tony le Beller (France); Hugo Langeweg Jr. (Netherlands); Dexter Dunn (New Zealand); Vidar Hop (Norway); and Bjorn Goop (Sweden). Only the host country has yet to name its representative.
Norwegian driver Ulf Thoresen is the all-time leader with four championships (1973, 1977, 1979, 1981). With two victories each, German Heinz Wewering (1993, 1997) and Canadian Jody Jamieson (2001, 2011) are the only other drivers to win multiple championships.
Following is the schedule for the 2015 World Driving Championship in Australia:
Saturday (Feb. 21) - Menangle (2 races)
Sunday (Feb. 22) - Newcastle (3 races)
Monday (Feb. 23) - Goulburn (3 races)
Tuesday (Feb. 24) - Wagga (4 races)
Wednesday (Feb. 25) - Bathhurst (4 races)
Thursday (Feb. 26) - Penrith (3 races)
Sunday (March 1) - Menangle - (1 race) - Inter Dominion Grand Final Day