IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay, partners give $2.5 million to new Cleveland Clinic cancer center

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Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, along with partners Racing for Cancer and AutoNation, have contributed a donation of $2.5 million to the brand new cancer center for Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida.

Adding even more poignancy for the IndyCar racer is that the center’s lobby will be named in honor of his late mother, Lydia, who succumbed to colon cancer in 2009.

Promoting cancer awareness has since become one of Hunter-Reay biggest off-track passions. He co-founded Racing for Cancer with Tom Vossman in July 2010 to help raise funds for research that can help those afflicted by the terrible disease.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Racing for Cancer chipped in $1 million for the CCF donation, while AutoNation initially pledged $1 million before adding on another $500,000 – $1,000 for every one of the 500 miles Hunter-Reay completed at Indianapolis en route to his win there this past May.

“If anyone comes to me to say “Thank you; because of your efforts we caught the cancer early enough to beat it and did not have to go through what you and your family did,’ it makes it all worthwhile,” Hunter-Reay told the Sun-Sentinel.

The new CCF cancer center is expected to be ready for use early next year. It is part of a five-story, 143,000-square-foot addition to the campus that will also house the hospital’s neurological center.

For more on Racing for Cancer, including ways to donate toward cancer research, please visit their website at RacingForCancer.org.

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.