IndyCar: Coyne makes first offseason announcement with new shock engineer

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Dale Coyne Racing has not confirmed either of its Verizon IndyCar Series drivers for 2015 yet, which isn’t too much of a surprise.

However the team did have one piece of news out late Tuesday night. See release below on DCR’s new shock engineer:

Dale Coyne Racing has been hard at work filling the long offseason with projects and personnel additions as they keep an eye toward a competitive 2015 season.

Several new team members have joined the Dale Coyne Racing team this fall in preparation for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.  The most recent addition is Stuart Kenworthy who will head up the shock and damper department.

“Stuart brings a wealth of experience from his years at Andretti, Quantum and Chip Ganassi Racing,” commented team owner Dale Coyne.  “We look forward to his contribution and ongoing development in this highly competitive sector of our sport.”

Kenworthy comes to Coyne after a 21-year stint at Andretti Autosport.  Stuart headed the shock department there for several years after learning the trade at Quantum Suspension Technology in England. Prior to his shock and damper work, Stuart was an assistant engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing and worked for Ligier in Formula 1.

“I am happy to make this move and feel I can make a real difference with this cohesive group of racers,” said Kenworthy.  “This team has shown it can be a winner and I hope I can add to the goals that Dale has set for the future.”

Stuart started work with the team in December and has already made visits to manufacturers and 7 post rigs to plan for the competitive 2015 season.

In addition to Kenworthy’s recruitment, Dale has hired additional team members and engineering staff in preparation for 2015.  “Dale deserves a lot of respect for these additions,” commented Team Manager Darren Crouser.  “While most teams are laying people off this time of year, Dale has given the green light to hire the right people to expand this team for next year.”

The team will continue to make improvements to its facilities and adequately address human resource needs during the six month off season.  Testing will resume in late January and early February for the 2015 season.

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.