‘Drive Like Andretti’ documentary to be shown at SXSW

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NBC Sports Films will preview “Drive Like Andretti” at SXSW on Monday, March 11. Featuring a panel that includes Mario Andretti and Will Power, this will be a first glimpse at the documentary detailing the life of one of auto racing’s most iconic heroes.

The show is a first-person account of Andretti’s life as a war refugee, immigrant, cultural icon and racing legend. Among his legendary accomplishments was the winning of the 1969 Indy 500, part of a trilogy of accomplishments never done before or since. Andretti is the only driver to win the Indy 500, NASCAR’s Daytona 500 (in 1967) and a Formula 1 championship (1978)

“Drive Like Andretti” will make its television debut Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. ET pm NBC leading into coverage of the IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The documentary features interviews with celebrities across the breadth of entertainment including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ice-T, Ludacris, Tim Allen and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

“When you do the Tonight Show, you don’t really meet Batman,” Leno said. “You meet the guy who plays Batman or the guy who plays Superman. When you meet Mario Andretti, you meet the guy who won the Indy 500 – who won Formula 1. You know: It was impressive.”

“With our inaugural presentation of the Indianapolis 500 this May, we wanted to tell a story that would connect audiences to the great history of that race,” said Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group in a release. “The result was ‘Drive Like Andretti’, a compelling first-person account of Mario Andretti’s improbable immigrant journey and an exploration of how his victory at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 helped make the name Andretti synonymous with speed in America. We think racing fans and non-racing fans alike will love this story and appreciate what Mario accomplished, on and off the track.”

NBC Sports will preview Drive Like Andretti at SXSW in Austin at the Comcast NBCU House at Container Bar. The event will feature a preview of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion with Andretti, 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, and NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey surrounding the documentary and the upcoming Indianapolis 500.

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.