NASCAR: Team Penske announces Joey Logano contract extension

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Joey Logano has had his best season of his career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and Team Penske is rewarding him as a result.

The team announced a multiyear contract extension for the driver of the No. 22 Shell Ford on the Cup side and Discount Tire Mustang on the Nationwide (soon-to-be XFINITY) side of the garage.

Team principal Roger Penske praised Logano’s growth, improvement and work up to this point.

“Joey Logano has been everything we hoped he would be, both as a driver and as a representative of our organization and for our partners,” Penske said in a team release. “He continues to put points on the board for us and the continuity and chemistry he has developed within the team has been terrific. We believe he can be a leader and championship-level driver for Team Penske for years to come.”

Added Logano, “I am fortunate and excited to be a part of Team Penske for the foreseeable future. Mr. Penske gives us everything we need to keep our eye on the prize and compete for wins and championships.”

The extension speaks volumes both of Logano’s maturation and Team Penske’s elite status in the NASCAR garage. With Logano and Brad Keselowski, “The Captain” has two aces locked up for the foreseeable future, and potentially, two different champions.

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.