Indy Lights: Jack Harvey win first race of 2015

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It took Jack Harvey 10 races to win his first Indy Lights trophy in his rookie season of 2014. In 2015, it took six, as Harvey won the first of the dual races at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Harvey, driving for Schmidt Peterson/Curb-Agajanian, started from the pole and led all 30 laps around the 14-turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, becoming the third different winner of 2015.

“It was pretty much a perfect day. (Had) the fastest lap and won,” Harvey said. “The pole really pays dividends. I was meant to start on new tires but wound up starting on old ones. (That) means we have used one less (set) than everyone else thus far this weekend.”

Harvey finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Sean Rayhall, who earned his best career finish in just his third start, then Ed Jones, Max Chilton and RC Enerson.

Only eight cars made it to the finish. Kyle Kaiser and Juan Piedrahita went out due to contact with each other on Lap 2. Ethan Ringel went out after 16 laps and Felix Serralles stalled in Turn 1 on Lap 23.

Race two will be tomorrow at 1:25 p.m. ET/

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.