Daytona International Speedway reaches settlements with 9 victims of 2013 wreck that sent debris into grandstands

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Nine of the more than two dozen fans who were injured during the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23, 2013 have settled claims against the racetrack.

The Daytona Beach (Fla.) Journal reported Friday that no monetary terms would be announced by either the victims’ law firm, Morgan and Morgan, or International Speedway Corporation, which owns DIS.

“I can say that we have reached settlements with several claimants related to the incident, but as has been our practice throughout, we are not going to discuss any of the details,” ISC spokesman Lenny Santiago said, adding that it was “in the interest of the privacy of the fans involved.”

Morgan and Morgan attorney Andrew Felix told the Journal, “The parties have amicably resolved the matters.”

At least 28 fans were injured – with half that total requiring hospitalization afterward – when debris from an on-track, multi-car wreck flew into the grandstands in the final lap of the Drive4COPD 300 NNS race. The debris included shrapnel from the wrecked race cars, as well as at least one tire.

Kyle Larson, who is now a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, was uninjured in the crash, even though his car was sheared in half and almost completely obliterated.

Several claims by other victims remain unresolved.

The Speedway has since extensively reinforced catch fencing and crossover gates in the area where the accident occurred, as well as other areas along the frontstretch.

DIS is currently undergoing a $400 million renovation, the largest and most expansive project since the track opened in 1959. The renovation is being done in phases and will not affect any upcoming races, including the Coke Zero 400 in early July.

The entire renovation project is expected to be completed prior to the 2016 Daytona 500.

After the crash, the Speedway improved the crossover gates which were identified as weak spots on the safety fence at the track.

A video of the wreck is below:

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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.