Photo gallery: IndyCar iRacing Challenge action from Indianapolis

IndyCar iRacing Challenge takeaways
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When Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to a race on its oval in May, it’s generally a memorable experience.

Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge was no exception.

Two last-lap crashes among the top four cars. Airborne crashes that went over the pagoda and pylon. A refreshingly stunned runner-up.

Scott McLaughlin scored his second victory in the series as chaos exploded around the Team Penske driver.

RESULTS: Click here for the full boxscore and results from Indy

There were many vivid images from the 70 laps around the 2.5-mile oval that concluded the six-race virtual slate for the NTT IndyCar Series.

Courtesy of Getty Images’ Chris Graythen, here are a collection of computer-generated screenshots from the First Responders 175 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

 

Arrow McLaren SP teammates Pato O’Ward (No. 5) and Oliver Askew races their Chevrolets side by side across the yard of bricks at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Santino Ferrucci (No. 18) slides across the finish line after wrecking Oliver Askew (airborne) while racing for the lead on the final lap of the First Responder 175 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

The Dallara-Honda of Ryan Hunter-Reay goes upside down as other cars take flight in the background at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Scott McLaughlin celebrates in his No. 40 after winning the IndyCar iRacing Challenge finale at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Simon Pagenaud catches some air as Graham Rahal drives past at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Sage Karam’s No. 24 Chevrolet achieves liftoff as Alex Palou spins beneath at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Sage Karam leads the field into Turn 1 at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Josef Newgarden (No. 1) loses traction as a multicar crash begins at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Stefan Wilson (No. 25) and James Davison slide through the grass at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

An overview shot of virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the First Responder 175 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Lando Norris led 12 laps and nearly won his second consecutive race in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Sebastien Bourdais scored a series-best sixth place in the IndyCar iRacing Chalenge at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Helio Castroneves crosses the yard of bricks with the iconic pagoda in the background at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

A shot down the frontstretch at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the field heads toward Turn 1 during the First Responder 175 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Scott McLaughlin takes the victory in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge finale at virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

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.