Ed Carpenter Racing, which has sported nearly identical paint schemes for their Nos. 20 and 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolets at most races in 2016 and 2017, revealed today that both entries will feature new looks for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. And both entries will feature different paint schemes as a result.
The No. 20 entry, shared by team owner Ed Carpenter and new signee Jordan King, will sport a black livery in 2018. On the other side, Spencer Pigot’s No. 21 entry will sport a light green livery.
The new liveries complete an off-season of change at Ed Carpenter Racing. Both driver (JR Hildebrand) and engineer (Justin Taylor) departed the No. 21 entry. Spencer Pigot has moved into a full-time ride in the No. 21 entry after serving as the road and street course pilot of the No. 20 in 2016 and 2017. Newcomer King assumes the road/street course driving duties in the No. 20 machine, while Ed Carpenter will continue to contest the oval races in 2018.
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.