Carey responds to Ferrari threat: ‘We don’t plan to be NASCAR either’

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Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey has responded to Ferrari’s threat to quit the series over its future plans by stressing Libery Media does not intend to follow NASCAR’s lead and increase standardization between teams.

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said last week that the Italian manufacturer would consider its future in F1 if it could not agree on the future rules and direction it was heading in.

Marchionne said he did not want “to play NASCAR globally” in response to the planned partial standardization of power units from 2021 as part of Liberty’s push to reduce costs in F1.

Speaking on a conference call earlier this week, Carey responded to Marchionne’s comments by stressing Liberty was not looking to make F1 a spec-series and introduce widespread standard parts.

“Actually I don’t think we have a differing view to Ferrari. I‘m not trying to be derogatory toward NASCAR, but we don’t plan to be NASCAR either,” Carey said, as quoted by Reuters.

“We don’t want to standardize the cars. We don’t want 20 identical cars going round the track, and the only difference is the driver.

“We want all the teams to have the ability to do what they do to create cars that are unique to them – unique engines to them, unique bodies to them.”

“But we want the cars to be unique. We want each team to have the ability to have a car that is unique to it.”

Carey did, however, re-affirm Liberty’s commitment to leveling the playing field in F1 by reducing costs, with plans for a budget cap being mooted for 2019.

”We want teams to compete to win, but we want all the teams to have a chance,” Carey said.

“It’s never going to be equal, there are going to be favorites that evolve, but over time we want the teams to feel they all have a fighting chance.

“Sports are built on the unexpected, so we do want a sport that can have the unexpected.

“You need competition, you need the unknown, you need great finishes, you need great stories and great dramas. We’ve got to create that.”

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.