Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Carl Edwards are the three remaining Ford drivers still alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins its Eliminator Round tomorrow afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.
All of them desperately want to be the one to give the Blue Oval its first Cup championship since 2004 (Kurt Busch, Roush Fenway Racing). But with Ford being based in Detroit, they also want to add to the Motor City’s rich sports legacy.
Detroit and Michigan connections are plentiful among Ford’s trio of Chasers. Keselowski himself is a native of Rochester Hills, a northern Detroit suburb. He and Logano’s boss, Roger Penske, has been a champion of and contributor to Detroit’s ongoing rebuilding process. And Edwards’ boss, Jack Roush, has major business interests in the region.
With all of that in mind, Ford Racing has produced a hype video that is one part mission statement and one part valentine to the city that has contributed so much to the American automotive industry.
You can check it out in the clip above.
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.