IMSA: Corvette prototypes to get new look for 2015 season

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In 2015, Chevrolet’s Corvette Daytona Prototype program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be sporting new bodywork that mimics styling cues of the C7 Corvette Stingray production car.

The new look will make its on-track debut in a test session for reigning TUDOR Prototype champions Action Express Racing on Monday at Daytona International Speedway. Multiple Corvette DPs will also feature the C7-style bodywork in the Roar Before The Rolex 24 test at Daytona on Jan. 9-11, 2015.

Updates have been made to the hood surface, headlights, and radiator inlet areas on the front end of the car, while the rear end has seen changes to the rear window and taillights.

Here’s how a Corvette DP looked this past season:

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Credit: Getty Images.

And here are some shots of the 2015 version:

“The relationship Chevrolet’s racing programs have to our auto production lines is extremely important,” said Chevy director of racing Mark Kent in a statement. “That relevance of race car to showroom is a hallmark of our racing heritage.

“The success of the Corvette Daytona Prototype program is a point of pride for Chevrolet,  Having the Corvette C7 DP competing for overall victories enhances the perception of the Corvette brand and allows America’s sports car to compete for overall victories in North America’s most important endurance events.”

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.