The countdown to Sunday’s Eliminator Round finale at Phoenix International Raceway continues on today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA, which you can watch at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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On tap for today:
- NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast travels to Team Penske headquarters to report on Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski’s preparations for their most critical race of the year. Logano needs to finish 11th or better in Phoenix to make the Sprint Cup Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but Keselowski can only control his Chase destiny with a victory.
- Pit stops could mean the difference between racing for a championship or just racing for pride at Homestead. Former NASCAR crewman Mark “Hollywood” Armstrong shows us how that pressure will affect the over-the-wall crews in Arizona.
- NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman hops into the NBCSN race simulator to show us how difficult it can be to pass at PIR.
- Legendary NASCAR broadcaster Eli Gold takes us on a tour through Arizona’s contributions to the sport.
- Also this weekend at Phoenix, Nationwide Series rookie Chase Elliott could become the youngest NASCAR series champion ever and Matt Crafton could become the Camping World Truck Series’ first back-to-back champion. We’ll discuss their respective seasons and how significant these accomplishments really are.
- Plus: The Top 5 moments in the 50-year history of PIR.
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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.