Ryan Briscoe returning to Panther for Milwaukee IndyFest

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Ryan Briscoe will return to the cockpit of the No. 4 National Guard Chevrolet for Panther Racing at this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest (Sat., 4 pm ET, NBC Sports Network) after racing for the team a week and a half ago in the Detroit doubleheader event.

“I felt like the team gelled really well when we worked together in Detroit and I’m sure we’ll be able to pick right up where we left off this weekend in Milwaukee,” Briscoe said in a team statement. “It’s obviously a very challenging racetrack and you need to get things right but Panther’s always had a great oval package and I’m excited to jump back into the National Guard Chevy and get back at it this weekend.”

Briscoe has made five career IZOD IndyCar Series starts at the Milwaukee Mile and won his first race in the series there in 2008 as a member of Team Penske.

In the same statement, Panther managing partner John Barnes indicated that the team was working toward landing Briscoe’s services for more IndyCar events this season that can work around his full-time commitments in the American Le Mans Series.

“We’re working on getting him signed for several other races this season, so hopefully we’ll have that finalized in the short term future,” Barnes said.

In his first run with Panther at Detroit, Briscoe posted a result of 21st in the first Dual race (a late spin scratched a potential Top-10 result) and then finished 13th in Dual 2 after being collected in a Lap 28 multi-car pileup that was triggered by contact between Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power.

Oriol Servia, who drove the Panther car last weekend at Texas, will step back into the No. 4 for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on June 23.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.