Kanaan tops final practice at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Tony Kanaan topped the timesheets in the final 45-minute practice before qualifying, as Chip Ganassi Racing Teams cars were in three of the top four positions ahead of the KOHLER Grand Prix.

Driving the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Kanaan set what is currently the fastest time of the weekend around the 4.014-mile Road America road course, at 1:42.6580.

That time pipped what had been the best time of the session to date, Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet, at 1:42.6693.

Will Power, Max Chilton and Simon Pagenaud made it an all-Chevrolet top-five, with Ryan Hunter-Reay best Honda in P6.

Carlos Munoz had an unfortunate engine issue after his first timed lap, but the Andretti Autosport team – across all four of its cars – set to work to change the engine of his No. 26 Honda.

Per a team representative, it took an hour and 22 minutes from when the car was put on stands to when it was changed and repaired.

Times are below. Qualifying runs from 3 to 4:15 p.m. CT and local time and then 4:30 to 6 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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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.