SONOMA, Calif. – The final qualifying session for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is upon us from Sonoma Raceway, and you can see it live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 3:30 p.m. PT and local time, 6:30 p.m. ET, today.
The start time may be earlier depending on the conclusion of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Road America, which precedes the coverage.
Team Penske has won all but one of the nine previous Verizon P1 Awards on road or street courses this season, with the lone exception Scott Dixon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier this month.
Additionally, it’s been since 2008 since anyone other than Will Power (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010) or Dario Franchitti (2013, 2009) captured a pole position at Sonoma, when Helio Castroneves did so en route to victory.
So the road to pole goes through Power, as the series champion still has an outside shot to defend his title albeit needs some help to do so.
Leigh Diffey will be alongside Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy in the booth, with Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller in pit lane.
Will Power led in Friday’s first practice, with Ryan Hunter-Reay fastest in today’s second practice.
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.