How things have changed in 113 years since Henry Ford’s first — and only — race win


What a difference 113 years make.

In the first and only race he ever drove in, Henry Ford beat Alexander Winton to the finish line on Oct. 10, 1901 in a race simply called “Sweepstakes” at the Detroit Driving Club in Grosse Point, Mich.

The race was noteworthy because Henry’s participation marked what would be the official start of the Ford Racing program, as well as a precursor to formation of The Ford Motor Company less than two years later in June 1903.

In a fun and rather interesting side-by-side comparison by Ford Racing to celebrate Henry’s win on this day 113 years ago, here’s how the car Henry Ford raced back then and the event he competed in compares to today’s Ford Fusion and Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Laps: 10 (1901), 334 (2014)

Number of participants: 2 (1901), 43 (2014)

Average speed of race: 46 mph (1901), 158.308 mph (from last year’s race)

Attendance: 8,000 (1901), 100,000 (2014) – both approximate numbers

Winner’s purse: $1,000 (1901), $319,441 (last year’s race)

Trophy: Cut-glass punch bowl (1901), Bruton Smith Piston Trophy (2013)

Location: Detroit Driving Club (1901), Charlotte Motor Speedway (2014)

Track type: One-mile oval (1901), 1.5-mile superspeedway (2014)

Racing surface: Dirt (1901), asphalt (2014)

Team members: 4 (including driver and riding mechanic in 1901), 20 (2014)

Frame: Ash wood, reinforced with steel plates (1901), metal (2014)

Horsepower: 26 (1901), 850 (2014)

Maximum RPM: 900 (1901), 9,000 (2014)

Top speed: 72 mph (1901), 200 mph (2014)

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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.