IMSA will have 29 cars on the entry list for July 18 race at Sebring

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There are 29 cars on the IMSA entry list for the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring.

The July 18 event at Sebring International Raceway will mark the second race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since a five-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The race will begin at 5:40 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage will have live flag-to-flag coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The event the series’ four classes with five entries in LMP2, which is returning for the first time since the Rolex 24 at Daytona. There are eight entries in the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) division, six in GT Le Mans (GTLM) and 10 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

After missing IMSA’s return July 4 at Daytona International Speedway because of a positive test for COVID-19, Felipe Nasr is listed in the No. 31 Cadillac of Whelen Engineering Racing. According to IMSA officials, Nasr will race if he is cleared by his doctor. He has undergone a mandatory quarantine at his home in Miami since testing positive July 2.

Click here to view the IMSA entry list for the July 18 race on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course in Sebring, Florida.

Sebring will have a limited number of local fans on site for the event, selling spectator tickets and RV passes to Floridians. Face coverings are required when entering speedway property.

Daytona also was permitted a limited crowd for its event.

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.