IndyCar: Deposits placed for aero kits

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Teams have submitted their initial deposit on the new aero kits coming to the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2015.

Via IndyCar.com, 2015 entrants have submitted a 25 percent deposit of the $75,000 package price with their aerodynamic bodywork kit order to respective suppliers Chevrolet and Honda.

The aero kits will make their official on-track debut March 16 and 17 at Barber Motorsports Park for the series’ official spring training test.

That actually falls a week after the 2015 season opener in Brasilia, Brazil on March 8, so it’s going to be a tight and hectic turnaround for teams to add the body kits on following a race outside the U.S.

Unconcerned though is Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, who expects the teams will get it done.

“The manufacturers will give them a good product and I don’t think it will take long for (teams) to get their heads around it and have good racing at St. Pete,” Walker said, via IndyCar.com. “It will be an exciting start to the season.”

Walker had a long-ranging conversation with NBCSN IndyCar pit reporter Kevin Lee and the Indianapolis Star‘s Curt Cavin on Tuesday night’s “Trackside” radio show in Indianapolis, where he expanded on aero kits and more “inside baseball” type topics about IndyCar at the moment.

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.