Two low on-boards show how crazy fast IndyCars are (VIDEO)

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There’s been a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series tests in the last week, at the one-mile oval of Phoenix International Raceway and at Sonoma Raceway.

And luckily, there’s been a pair of on-board videos captured from a lower angle than the usual over airbox on-board you’ll see on race weekends themselves.

At Phoenix, Graham Rahal debuted some GoPro footage from the new HERO5 Black camera that, while having a slight technical glitch in the mph in corners, showed just what 190 mph average on a one-mile oval looks like from the cockpit of his No. 15 United Rentals Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Meanwhile, Spencer Pigot and Ed Carpenter Racing teammate JR Hildebrand tested at Sonoma earlier this week. Here’s a view over the left shoulder as Pigot works his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. This video is via the @RaceSonoma Twitter account.

This hopefully shows how talented these drivers are and what beasts these cars are to drive.

The season opens in St. Petersburg on March 12 and resumes on NBCSN in Long Beach on April 9.

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.