UPDATED: Townsend Bell’s Robert Graham Special for Dreyer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing revealed Friday

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INDIANAPOLIS – Last Sunday saw the “soft launch,” as you were, of the No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing with Davey Hamilton behind the wheel for opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today saw the full reveal of the car that Townsend Bell will be in for the remainder of the month of May.

Bell, our NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analyst who returns to DRR for the first time since 2011, has the No. 24 pay tribute to one current legend of the sport and one historic car from the 1930s.

As part of the team’s “The Old and the New” livery unveil on Friday, the No. 24 Robert Graham Special Chevrolet car was displayed on the bricks behind the Pagoda along with a historic Floyd “Pop” Dreyer-built and owned race car from the 1930s.

Here is the reveal and further photos:

Bell’s No. 24 this year features a similar styleized version of the number made famous by Jeff Gordon. Gordon posted a picture on Twitter on Thursday of the inside of the cockpit, which features a tribute to the NASCAR star in his final full-time year in Sprint Cup.

The Dreyer & Reinbold family legacy dates back to the 1927 Indy 500 when “Pop” Dreyer served as a mechanic and crewman on the Benny Shoaff/Babe Stapp-driven Duesenberg. Dreyer later became a world-renowned race car builder including building bodies for the entire 1931 Indy 500 front row. He also built and owned series- winning sprint cars and midgets.

In addition, Floyd Dreyer Jr. was a crewman on Lloyd Ruby’s Indy 500 car in the 1960s and 1970s as well as Dennis Reinbold’s uncle, Bill Spoerle, who was crew chief of Elmer George’s Indy 500 entry in the 1960s. Spoerle later became the restoration director for the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

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.