Indy Lights: Belardi signs Felix Serralles for 2015 program

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Belardi Auto Racing, the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champions with Gabby Chaveswas the first team to confirm its participation in 2015 with the new Dallara IL15 chassis.

They’re also the first to announce a driver signing.

Puerto Rican driver Felix Serralles will take up one of the team’s two seats. It’s a homecoming for Serralles, who won the Skip Barber Racing School Karting Scholarship in 2009 and then finished third in the 2010 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda as an official MAZDASPEED Development Driver.

The Florida resident also ran two USF2000 race weekends with Belardi Auto Racing in 2010, finishing second at Road Atlanta before winning the Team USA Scholarship.

He’s moved to Europe since, racing in the Formula Ford Festival and the Walter Hayes Trophy that fall, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2011, and the British Formula 3 Championship in 2012.

The latter year he finished third overall with 13 podium finishes and five wins, including Spa and Monza and becoming a Mercedes Benz (HWA) junior development driver. As expected, he made the calculated jump to the FIA Formula 3 European series in 2013 and now competes with West-Tec in the series, having posted 12 top-10 finishes thus far.

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.