WATCH LIVE: IndyCar, Indy Lights Carb Day at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, Live Extra

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INDIANAPOLIS – A jam-packed day is ahead for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Carb Day.

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra, the live streaming app, will have LIVE coverage from IMS from 11 a.m ET (live stream link here, http://indystream.nbcsports.com, for participating cable providers).

Carb Day practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series – the last on-track practice before Sunday’s 99th Indianapolis 500 – commences at 11 a.m. ET and runs for an hour.

The Indy Lights Freedom 100 coverage is listed to start at noon, although the green flag for the 40-lap race is set to wave at 12:30 p.m.

Once that concludes, the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge will begin. It’s scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET.

Kevin Lee will lead NBCSN’s Carb Day coverage, filling in for Leigh Diffey who will be in Monaco, alongside analysts Townsend Bell, who is driving in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, and Paul Tracy.

Jon Beekhuis, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Robin Miller will handle the pits.

For the Indy Lights race, Lee will be joined by usual broadcast partners Anders Krohn (booth, analyst) and Katie Hargitt (pit lane, reporter).

Once coverage from Indianapolis concludes at 3:30 p.m. ET, the two-hour NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special will follow, with coverage from Monaco, Indianapolis and Charlotte – sites of the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 this weekend.

Basically just turn your TV to NBCSN or your mobile device to NBC Sports Live Extra at 11 a.m. ET, leave it there, and you’ll be good to go for the day.

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.