Davey Hamilton to make driving comeback in next week’s IndyCar oval test

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Davey Hamilton is a busy individual this year, serving as radio broadcaster/color analyst for IndyCar Radio, managing director of Kingdom Racing and executive director of USAC Racing.

But next Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hamilton will be returning to his roots, and getting back behind the wheel of a modern-day IndyCar for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ open test for the new oval aero kits.

With NBCSN IndyCar analyst and Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing Townsend Bell unavailable – he’ll be in Monterey at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race driving a GT Daytona class Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 – Hamilton will suit up and test the No. 24 Chevrolet Bell will be driving in the Indianapolis 500.

“We have the car and we have the test day to use,” Hamilton told MotorSportsTalk Saturday afternoon, during the second practice session at Barber Motorsports Park.

“It’ll be my first time in the DW12. It’s my first time in the car since 2011. We figure we should be out there.”

Hamilton has had driving experience in the intervening four years since, driving IndyCar’s two-seater. But he hasn’t started an IndyCar race since the canceled Las Vegas race to end the 2011 season, the last race with the previous generation Dallara IR03 chassis, and technically hasn’t been in a completed race since the Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader in June of that year.

While he won’t be racing, it will be interesting to see how he compares the old car to the new one, especially given his current radio commitments.

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.