Red Bull GRC: Anderson set for GRC Lites debut with CORE

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Scott Anderson, who’s ran in parts of three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires seasons, will make his GRC Lites debut in Red Bull Global Rallycross for CORE autosport this weekend in Seattle, and is also set for an encore run at the series’ season finale in Los Angeles from Oct. 7-9. He’ll be in the team’s No. 56 entry.

CORE will be split between its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams (the Prototype Challenge single-car team and two-car Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR programs) and GRC this weekend, with GRC in Seattle and IMSA at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

A release on Anderson’s GRC Lites debut is below:

Scott Anderson will be making his Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites debut at Seattle Evergreen Speedway on September 16-17 with CORE autosport. The 26 year-old American from Fort Collins, Colorado will remain with CORE autosport as the Red Bull GRC season concludes with a doubleheader at Port of Los Angeles in California with the vision of securing a full 2017 season ride.

“I’ve been eyeing Global Rallycross a lot over the past couple of years. It looks like the most fun one could have in a race car, and I’ve wanted to try out some sort of rally, so this is the most excited I’ve been in a long time” said Anderson. “I’ve had less seat time this year than I have had in my career. I’m really itching to get started with CORE autosport this week.”

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Headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, CORE autosport competes in multiple racing series across the spectrum from the IMSA Prototype Challenge Class, IMSA GTLM factory program for Porsche Motorsport, and the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites category.

“All of us at CORE autosport are excited to have Scott Anderson join our team for the upcoming Red Bull Global Rallycross events,” said team owner and race car driver Jon Bennett. “Scott’s successful racing experience in open wheel racing will be the foundation to his success in this competitive series. We value Scott’s fresh perspective and look forward to his feedback improving our entire program.”

Anderson’s vast experience in open-wheel racing originates from his 2011 Skip Barber National Championship win, in addition to his 2012 debut in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system where he finished third in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with two victories and three podium finishes. He finished fifth in the Pro Mazda Championship with a second place finish and six additional top-five results the following year. Graduating to Indy Lights for the 2014 season, Anderson claimed his best Indy Lights finish in 2015 where he finished a season-high of third.

Research and development tax credit specialists Hull & Knarr are longtime supporters of Anderson and were his primary sponsor in Indy Lights. They will continue their partnership in GRC and will also be joined by Evil Bikes as the primary sponsor. “I want to thank Hull & Knarr and Evil Bikes for their support because I would not be in a car without them. I am extremely grateful that they have my back,” said Anderson.

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.