WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The latest new sponsor thanks to Rising Star Racing has come on board Spencer Pigot’s effort for the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season at Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway.
Samsung will adorn the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet for the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires champion, who’s participated in all but two road and street course races this season plus the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie year in IndyCar.
Pigot’s No. 20 car has had Fuzzy’s Vodka signage in his starts, but this is a fresh change that sees black, purple and blue take over on the No. 20 car, which differentiates it from Josef Newgarden’s No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
“RSR works to pair the best young drivers in American open-wheel racing with companies that view these drivers as valued assets that can help them grow their businesses,” said Rising Star Racing principal Art Wilmes. “Samsung has chosen to partner with RSR, and particularly Spencer Pigot for the rest of the race season. The RSR model is unique, but our efforts continue to be successful. We’re happy to be a small part of the Verizon IndyCar Series supporting both Spencer Pigot and Josef Newgarden.”
“I’m really excited to have Samsung on the No. 20 car for Watkins Glen and Sonoma,” Pigot added. “This is a massive company with global reach, and I’m glad we were able to put this together with the help of my sponsor Rising Star Racing. Ed Carpenter Racing is a world class team and it’s a real honor to have a company with worldwide name recognition on one of our cars.”
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.