Every year it seems, we’re good for at least one or two random, off-the-wall type NASCAR driver legal stories. So this one involving former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brian Rose is a good candidate for the 2014 “Mike Harmon/Jennifer Jo Cobb” type of random, potentially criminal stories.
Per WSOC-TV in Charlotte, Rose is reportedly at the center of a $15 million fraud investigation for creating a fake coal mining company as a way for investors to give him money. One alleged victim from Charlotte has reportedly came forward to authorities.
A 49-page indictment said investors attempted to cover up every detail to convince authorities that “New Century Coal” was legitimate. However, a Secret Service Agent told WSOC that the alleged company’s five-state operation was “too good to be true.”
Rose, 34, made 41 Truck starts between 2001 and 2010, and also failed to qualify for a single Sprint Cup race in 2002 at Martinsville Speedway. All but three of those Truck starts came between 2001 and 2003; he made three more in 2010.
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.