Speed legend Craig Breedlove sues museum for damage to car that first broke 500 mph barrier

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The first man to surpass 500 mph and 600 mph in a vehicle is suing the museum that housed one of his record-breaking vehicles for 50 years.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a judge will allow a lawsuit to go forward by legendary speed record holder Craig Breedlove, 79, who alleges that Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry damaged one of his race cars after being housed in the museum for the last 50 years.

Breedlove was the first driver to pass the 500 and 600 mph barriers in his turbo-jet versions of vehicles known as Spirit of America.

In his suit, Breedlove alleges the Museum caused nearly $400,000 in damage to his historic speed machine, which broke the 500 mph barrier (526.26 mph) in 1964 at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Breedlove loaned the record-setting car to the Museum in 1965, which had it on display for 50 years until 2015, when it was returned to Breedlove.

The Museum had Breedlove’s first lawsuit – alleging negligence and breach of fiduciary duty – dismissed, but an amended complaint by the driver and his attorney was given permission in October to go forward in the courts.

“They didn’t live up to museum standards,” Breedlove’s attorney, Steve Young, told the Tribune.

Breedlove alleges in his suit that the car was returned in damaged condition including graffiti, a re-welded frame and a missing seat.

A settlement meeting between the Museum and Breedlove is scheduled for Jan. 23.

If the Museum doesn’t settle, Young told The Tribune, “We will go forward … and ultimately, we will see the museum in court.”

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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.