MRTI: Jack Harvey joins Schmidt Peterson Indy Lights team

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20-year-old Englishman and former GP3 competitor Jack Harvey has now been signed to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Indy Lights team for the 2014 season.

Harvey, backed by the European-based Racing Steps Foundation, was the highest-finishing rookie this past season in GP3. He finished fifth in the series championship after earning wins at Silverstone and Monza along with 13 Top-10 finishes for the ART Grand Prix team.

“Everything was looking good for me in Europe and I certainly would have continued working on that path, but the Racing Steps Foundation, which manages my career, and I both decided that we wanted to try to tackle the U.S.,” Harvey said in a SPM release.

“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports doesn’t need any introduction with their winning history in Indy Lights. We always try to associate ourselves with winners, which is exactly what this team has proven itself to be.”

Harvey tested with SPM, the winningest team in Indy Lights history, at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway last month. Clearly, the youngster impressed team owner Sam Schmidt with his work.

“We look for raw talent, wins and/or championships in a competitive series, commitment and maturity beyond age in our Indy Lights drivers,” Schmidt said of his newest driver. “Jack not only checks one of those boxes, but he has checked all of them.”

Harvey won the British F3 championship in 2012 and also competed in Formula BMW Europe from 2009-2010. He made his way up to formula racing after several years of karting. A full CV can be found on his website.

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.