IndyCar’s rescheduled race in Texas has perks, discounts

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) IndyCar’s rescheduled race at Texas Motor Speedway will have a few perks and some reduced prices.

The track announced plans for the resumption of the Firestone 600 on Thursday. The race will restart Aug. 27. It was initially postponed a day in June and then halted because of more rain after 71 of 248 laps.

In an effort to lure fans back, track officials are providing a driver autograph session, $1 hot dogs and drinks, free vintage IndyCar T-shirts and reduced pricing for general admission tickets on the front-stretch.

Also, anyone who purchases a ticket to the NASCAR race at Texas will get a free ticket to the IndyCar race.

“Our loyal and dedicated fans went through a challenging race weekend in June due to the two days of inclement weather, and we wanted to show the speedway’s appreciation to them in a variety of ways for the completion of the Firestone 600 on August 27,” track president Eddie Gossage said.

“We want them to come back and enjoy some incredible racing at 220 miles per hour as well as various discounts and perks to enhance the evening.

“For those who did not attend the Firestone 600 in June, this is a great bargain to see what IndyCar racing is all about and see some of the fastest racing in the world.”

Complete discounts include:

-An autograph session featuring all drivers on the main concourse prior to the race.

-All front-stretch seating, including premium sections, will be general admission and priced at $28. This is a 29 percent reduction from the least expensive initial Firestone 600 individual ticket and reflects the percentage of the race that already has been run at this stage. Children 12 and under can get in for $10.

-The purchase of any ticket for the Sprint Cup Series race (Nov. 6) will include a free general admission ticket to the Firestone 600. The offer ends Aug. 27.

-Select dining spots on the front stretch will offer $1 hot dogs and Coca-Cola beverages while supplies last.

-The first 3,000 fans will receive a free vintage Indy-car T-shirt, compliments of Speedway Motorsports Inc.

-All fans purchasing outside camping for the June 11 race will be upgraded to available prime camping spots in the infield at no additional charge. Camping opens Friday, Aug. 26.

-The pits and garage will be open to all fans at the conclusion of the race.

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.