2016 IndyCar season preview: All posts, one place

Associated Press

We’ve had an extensive buildup to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season on NBCSports.com the last two weeks. The season kicks off this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; the first NBCSN race will be at Phoenix International Raceway on April 2.

In case you missed any of the content, see all posts in the buildup from the last two weeks below:



Pivotal 2016 season lurks ahead for IndyCar, starting at St. Pete (owner feedback on series direction)
PREVIEW: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (race preview)
Fast Facts: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (IndyCar PR race outline)
IndyCar’s St. Petersburg entry list confirmed with 22 cars (entry list)


IndyCar to take “First Priority” for Rossi’s 2016 campaign
Penske’s 50th anniversary season presents another shot at IndyCar glory
DiZinno: Rossi’s divided focus could hurt, not help, dual program
RLL Racing seeks to roll on with even better 2016 season
IndyCar’s rookie battle features three drivers with chips on shoulders
Michael Andretti: “The team’s never clicked this well before”
Spencer Pigot’s IndyCar debut arrives, at last, in home race
When Jimmy Vasser’s 1996 title kicked off Ganassi’s IndyCar reign
Rising Star Racing’s Art Wilmes’ passion fuels continued U.S. support
Graham Rahal on IndyCar sponsorship: “The money doesn’t find itself”
Pagenaud’s comfort level at Penske on upswing, seeks big 2016
Bourdais hoping one-car focus at KVSH pays dividends
Vasser, “Sulli” shooting for more wins, possible KVSH title in 2016
IndyCar teams still full speed ahead on Red Bull GRC prep for 2016
Phoenix Test in the West notes, musings, observations
Despite late start, Andretti, Herta excited to reunite in 2016
Mario Andretti on IndyCar 2016: “It’s better than I’ve felt in years”
Extra Indy 500 entries come clearer into focus at PIR test
IndyCar test at PIR: All posts, one place


St. Petersburg weekend, Thursday notes
Brembo, INDYCAR extend brakes partnership for fifth year
Takuma Sato looking forward to start of season, return of A.J. Foyt to track
Team Penske takes wraps off silver Verizon cars for Power, JPM
Sarah Fisher named primary Verizon IndyCar Series pace car driver in 2016
Alexander Rossi named Manor F1 reserve for 2016
Andretti Autosport inks hhgregg for multi-race sponsorship deal, including Indy 500
Scott Dixon joins TODAY Show’s “Guys Tell All” segment
Carpenter confirms only one car for St. Petersburg opener
Mouser Electronics to sponsor Sebastien Bourdais
Vern Schuppan on board with Matt Brabham
James Hinchcliffe slides into 2016 with new sponsor
Aleshin gets his work visa sorted, looks set for St. Pete
Rising Star Racing rolls out its version of Egg Russian Roulette (VIDEO)
NBCSN’s Kevin Lee hosts first annual kart event for charity
Skrillex to headline Snake Pit at 100th Indy 500
Fuzzy’s Vodka offers fresh look of Turn 2 suites at IMS
Social roundup: IndyCar testing at Sebring
Spencer Pigot feeling right at home at Sebring and in IndyCar
Even though they’re in Sebring, drivers still talking about Phoenix test
Chaves back at Sebring as Pigot, Rossi set for first 2016 tests
Hoosier Lottery to commemorate 100th Indy 500 with new scratch-off game


Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda
New 2017 Tatuus USF-17 rolling chassis set at $51,800
MRTI: Barber Warmup Weekend times, notes
MRTI: Big test ahead at Barber for Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000
Alberico’s next step arrives with Carlin, Rising Star in Indy Lights
Rosenqvist gunning for Indy Lights as one of 2016 main targets

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

Roczen Progressive Ecstar Suzuki
Align Media

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.