It’s been a little less than 24 hours since Josef Newgarden won his second career Verizon IndyCar race with Luca Filippi completing the 1-2 finish by CFH Racing at the Honda Indy Toronto.
Newgarden took to Instagram Monday afternoon, saying the previous day was a”dream.”
The trophies won but both Newgarden and Filippi (yes, second place gets a trophy too) are all ready on display at CFH Racing’s headquarters in Speedway, Indiana.
Newgarden also made sure to give a shout out to Nick Tandy, one of the winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the weekend.
Filippi received congratulations from countryman and legend Alex Zanardi, a hero in so many ways after his recovery from his 2001 crash in Germany, and a past CART champion.
Zanardi wasn’t the only one to weigh in. So too did fellow Italian and another former IndyCar/CART driver in Max Papis.
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.