United Fiber & Data announces return to Andretti Autosport

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United Fiber & Data is set to return to Andretti Autosport, in an associate sponsorship role for the Nos. 27 and 28 Dallara-Hondas driven by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay respectively, for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

“We’re excited to have United Fiber & Data back on board for the 2016 season,” team owner Michael Andretti said. “Through our years together, we’ve shared success both on and off the track. We’re looking forward to the next chapter of our partnership in support of UFD’s business objectives.”

It’s the third year of partnership between the team and UFD.

IndyCar fans or keen-eyed observers will remember UFD had a major presence with Andretti Autosport in 2014, as primary sponsor of both James Hinchcliffe and Matthew Brabham, the latter driver in Indy Lights.

The sponsor scaled back after 2014, reportedly due to a financial situation. With Michael Andretti unable to confirm there was enough money to support Hinchcliffe to continue into 2015, he didn’t want to keep the Canadian from exploring his options. “Hinch” went to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Andretti Autosport scaled back from four to three full-time entries for the 2015 season.

As it sits now, Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz are the three confirmed drivers for 2016, with their liveries to be revealed at a later date.  The three of them test at Sebring on Wednesday for a Honda manufacturer test 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.