Katherine Legge, Cara Adams set for IRONMAN run in September

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Katherine Legge, who’s primarily raced the DeltaWing but also deputized for John Pew at the most recent round in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, along her friend and Firestone Racing senior project engineer Cara Adams, will compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta, in support of the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a service organization that supports injured veterans.

The release is below:

Friends on-and-off the tracks of the INDYCAR and IMSA, Cara Adams and Katherine Legge will face a new challenge on September 25, when they take on the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta in support of the Scott Rigsby Foundation (SRF), a service organization that supports veterans who have been injured while on duty.

The SRF provides veterans with grants to obtain prosthetic limbs, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling and other medical services. SRF also works with physically challenged athletes to inspire kids with loss-of-limb or mobility issues to participate in active lifestyles, including prosthetics and orthotics.

The pair of racing veterans began their grueling training regimen in March to prepare for the IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta, which consists of a 1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River, followed by a 56-mile bike through the hills of Georgia and South Carolina, and finishing with a 13.1-mile run through downtown Augusta.

Legge, a veteran racing driver who led the opening segments of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and was the first woman to win a major North American open-wheel race, maintains an extensive fitness regime to prepare for the physical demands of both long-distance sports car and Indy car racing. This will be her first IRONMAN event.

“Entering my first IRONMAN event is a big challenge,” said Legge. “I’m thrilled to be doing it with one of my best friends, and to benefit the Scott Rigsby Foundation, for all the fantastic work they do on behalf of our veterans. The training has been intense, but Cara has been a great coach, and my friend Ozz (fellow IMSA sports car racer Oswaldo Negri, Jr., an experienced triathlete) also has been mentoring me. Reaching the finish in my first IRONMAN will be a great personal achievement, and we hope to raise as much support as possible for the SRF.”

Adams, senior project engineer for Firestone Racing, is responsible for the development of the oval and superspeedway Firestone race tires used in the Indianapolis 500® and the Verizon IndyCar® Series. She is a seasoned triathlete, after competing in several in Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, including the IRONMAN Miami in October 2012.

“I’m thrilled to be competing in the IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta, on behalf of the Scott Rigsby Foundation,” said Adams. “With family and close friends who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country, this is a cause close to my heart. I’m so excited to be participating with my good friend Katherine, and experience this amazing event together. We’re both very competitive, train together as our schedules permit, and constantly push each other to improve. I’m looking forward to raising as much money as possible for the Scott Rigsby Foundation.”

Fans can keep up with the pair’s IRONMAN journey by following @Cara_Adams and @Katherinelegge on Twitter.

Those interested in supporting the #IRONMANCaraKat effort can contribute at: www.scottrigsbyfoundation.org/participant/carakat

 

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.