Robin Miller, David Letterman talk race life and the TV world (VIDEO)

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – You never know when David Letterman will show up at a race track but considering the late night legend’s love affair with car racing, it’s still not a surprise when the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner does so.

Naturally, then, it was only fitting to see the man whose beard has jokingly been referred to as a “Santa beard,” given its huge length, appear at a race where Honda Racing put on a “Christmas in July” camping theme and had Santa Claus making the rounds at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

NBCSN pit reporter Robin Miller had the chance to catch up with Letterman during the pre-race show for today’s Honda Indy 200, and you can view that clip below.

In this clip, they discuss the former late night host’s son, parenting, and unemployment.

Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda, then ended fourth in today’s race after attempting to defend his win.

Letterman was also at Detroit and Indianapolis this year, among other appearances. You can watch an interview he did with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw – “On Assignment” – below, which features a small IndyCar presence.

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.