Ganassi’s six-pack of teams, 14 cars, all in action this weekend

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It’s been one heck of a year for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, across all six of its series it competes in.

In both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, they’ve won races – and both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray have made the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

In both sports car series with the new Ford GT, they’ve won races. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Team U.S. arm of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais captured the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Pro class as part of a 1-3-4 finish in class in the biggest sports car race in the world, and the crown jewel of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Three additional wins from Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe have followed on home soil in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

And in both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Red Bull Global Rallycross, Ganassi teams have had one win apiece. Scott Dixon took a win back in Phoenix in April, while Steve Arpin secured the first win for the CGR Rallycross program in Daytona in June.

All six Ganassi teams – and all 14 of their cars – will be in action this weekend across the United States for the first and only time this year. The team came close to it back on the weekend of April 15-17, but Red Bull GRC’s season hadn’t started yet.

Here’s the overall breakdown:

– Team of 19 Drivers in 14 Cars across Six Series in NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Xfinity), IndyCar, IMSA, WEC and GRC have won in every discipline in 2016.

– To date this season, CGRT has wins in all six series in which it competes, highlighted by a historic win in CGRT’s first trip to the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. As a result, Team Owner Chip Ganassi is the only owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Le Mans 24 Hours.

– So far in 2016 there have been wins scored (10 total) in each of the six touring series in which CGRT fields cars: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1 – Kyle Larson), NASCAR Xfinity Series (2 – Kyle Larson and Justin Marks), Verizon IndyCar Series (2 – Scott Dixon), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (3 – Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe), FIA World Endurance Championship (1 – Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sebastien Bourdais) and Red Bull Global Rallycross (1 – Steve Arpin).

Larson and McMurray. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

NASCAR, Chicagoland Speedway

  • Sprint Cup (Chevrolet): 42-Kyle Larson, 1-Jamie McMurray
  • Xfinity (Chevrolet): 42-Kyle Larson, 48-Brennan Poole (Justin Marks not competing in the 42 this weekend)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 19:  The Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller drives during the Le Mans 24 Hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 19, 2016 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
Bourdais, Hand and Muller won at Le Mans. Photo: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Sports cars, Circuit of The Americas

  • IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Ford GT): 66-Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller, 67-Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe
  • FIA World Endurance Championship (Ford GT): 66-Olivier Pla/Stefan Muecke, 67-Andy Priaulx/Marino Franchitti/Harry Tincknell
FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 12:  Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, races Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, during the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedways)
Kanaan and Dixon at Texas. Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

IndyCar, Sonoma Raceway

  • IndyCar (Chevrolet): 8-Max Chilton, 9-Scott Dixon, 10-Tony Kanaan, 83-Charlie Kimball
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Arpin (No. 00). Photo: Larry Chen/Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull GRC, Seattle/Evergreen Speedway

  • Red Bull GRC (Ford Fiesta ST): 00-Steve Arpin, 38-Brian Deegan

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.