Robin Frijns is relishing the opportunity to get behind an Indy car for the first time when he tests for Andretti Autosport at Mid-Ohio later this month.
Team boss Michael Andretti told NBC Sports back in February that Frijns was in line for an IndyCar try-out at some point after impressing for the Andretti Formula E operation.
Following the conclusion of the Formula E season at the beginning of the month, Andretti Autosport confirmed last week that Frijns would be testing an Indy car at Mid-Ohio as part of a rookie test day on July 21.
“I am really honored to get the opportunity from Andretti to test on of their Indy cars at Mid-Ohio,” Frijns said in a release on Thursday.
“I have been working with the Andretti Formula E Team for a year now in the MS Amlin Andretti car, and it has been a great year for us.
“I am really looking forward to working with one of the biggest teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series and excited for this new challenge.”
“We have found Robin to be very impressive in his career so far, both in Andretti Formula E and his other areas of racing,” Andretti added.
“One of the perks of the team competing across various racing platforms is the ability to expose our drivers to different racing disciplines.
“Having versatile drivers gives us a security of depth in our driver line up and makes us more competitive on all fronts.”
Frijns’ trip to Mid-Ohio for the test will in fact be just his second visit to the United States, his first coming for the Long Beach Formula E race in April.
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.