NBCSN show times for Pro Mazda, USF2000 announced

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Andersen Promotions, promoters of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, has contracted the services of IMS Productions to produce four hour-long highlight shows – two on each series – which will air on the NBC Sports Network.

The first show will feature the seven rounds of USF2000 competition held to date (Sebring International Raceway, Streets of St. Petersburg, Lucas Oil Raceway, Streets of Toronto) and will air August 6 at 2:00 am ET. The second show will air August 11 at 1:00 am ET and will highlight eight rounds of Pro Mazda action (Circuit of The Americas, Streets of St. Petersburg, Lucas Oil Raceway, The Milwaukee Mile, Streets of Toronto).

IMS Productions (IMSP) is an award-winning, full-service HD remote and post production house based in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, its numerous clients include the American Le Mans Series, Indiana Pacers, Big Ten Network, NBA TV, SPEED, ESPN and CBS Sports. IMSP recently signed a multi-year deal with Time Warner Cable to be the exclusive provider of high-definition mobile production services for the English and Spanish home broadcasts of the Lakers, the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s Los Angeles Galaxy on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.

IMSP will combine on-track footage with on-board camera action to showcase the rising stars of the Mazda Road to Indy. Commentary will be provided by Kevin Lee, host/pit reporter for the IZOD IndyCar Series on the NBC Sports Network and co-host of Trackside on1070thefan.com, and Jeremy Shaw, noted commentator, motorsports writer and founder of the Team USA Scholarship.

“We want to highlight the tremendous racing in our two series, and it is important to be able to offer our drivers as much exposure as possible,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Throughout the season we have been securing dedicated track feed in the hopes that these highlight shows would come to fruition. I am very thankful to IMS Productions for all of their hard work and assistance with this project, and grateful to the NBC Sports Network for providing the platform to highlight our rising stars.”

Two additional hour-long highlight shows on each series will air in October covering the remainder of the season and awards banquet.

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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.