Road America adds new video boards, makes further track investments


Road America is prepping for its 2015 race season with a series of enhancements. The full track release is below.

Road America fans will now be able to experience all of the thrills and on-track excitement from several popular areas around the 640-acre facility thanks to four new networked high-definition (HD) LED video display boards.

Currently, one video board is in place in the widely popular Turn 5, and the additional video boards will be permanently placed in Turn 1, Turn 3, Turns 7 and 8 and Turn 12.  For thousands watching from the stands and around the revered racetrack, the video display boards will deliver incredible views of the on-track action and unique content to keep fans engaged during events.

“We are constantly reinvesting funds to improve the fan experience,” said Road America President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies. “From our terraced seating in several locations around the facility, to our new video boards and even improved access and viewing areas along Turns 11 and 12, it is our intent to bring fans closer to the action.

“At Road America, we like to say ‘come for the experience and stay for the race’ and with all of these new improvements and technology we are confident that everyone will appreciate what we have done and what we intend to do in the future to make Road America a favorite place to be for generations.”

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In addition to the new video boards, the 4-mile racetrack was resurfaced in several areas to improve the experience for participants. New pavement was added to Turns 5, 6, 8 and 14 – there were no changes to the width of the racing surface.

“We take great pride in not only improving the facility for fans, but for competitors as well,” Bruggenthies added. “We have many club events, schools, vehicle tests and private events at Road America and the integrity of the racing surface is just as important as our amenities, concessions, programs and many entertainment offerings.

“This new resurfacing project wasn’t immediately necessary but we wanted to make the improvements now to keep up with the demands that our 4-mile roadcourse endures throughout the season and we guarantee the track will be ready for our first event.”

Road America’s first event is quickly approaching, as legendary racing vehicles from around the world will compete at the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Spring Vintage Weekend. Friday, May 15, through Sunday, May 17.

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.