Fans can participate in trophy design contest for GP of Indy

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The new Grand Prix of Indianapolis needs a winner’s trophy – and that’s where you come in.

From now until Jan. 18, 2014, creative fans can submit their own designs for the prize. The winner will be recognized at an unveiling ceremony in February, and will also receive a replica of his/her trophy, two suite tickets to the May 10, 2014 event, and a post-race photo with the GP of Indy’s inaugural champion.

The winning entry will be determined by a panel made up of Indianapolis Motor Speedway executives, members from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, an IndyCar Series driver, and an IndyCar Series team owner. The panel will judge each submission on the trophy’s relevance to racing, its creativity, and its originality.

“We’re proud to join with the Arts Council of Indianapolis for this project that will connect our fans with this new and exciting event, and we’re all anxious to see the creative talents of our fans,” said IMS president J. Douglas Boles in a statement.

To submit your entry and for rules and regulations regarding the contest, visit IMS.com/TrophyContest.

Whoever wins the contest could see their trophy awarded to the race winner in front of a decent-sized crowd. Boles told the Indianapolis Business Journal this week that early ticket sales for the GP of Indy have been brisk so far, with the seats at IMS oval Turn 4 and Turn 1 among the most popular.

Boles is also banking on a solid box office result on the day of the race as well.

“We think this race could be a lot like the [Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix] MotoGP race with a lot of walk-up ticket sales,” Boles told the IBJ’s Anthony Schoettle.

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.