Will Power, Takuma Sato win IndyCar pole positions at Gateway

IndyCar Gateway pole position
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Will Power will lead the field to green in Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway after winning the pole position in a dual qualifying session.

Power’s No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet was fastest on the first lap with a 182.394 mph lap for Saturday’s race (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com).

Pato O’Ward, who was fastest in practice Friday, will start second. Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson are in the second row, followed by Takuma Sato and Josef Newgarden.

QUALIFYING RESULTS: Click here for Race 1 l Click here for Race 2

SATURDAY’S RACE: Details for watching Gateway

Sato followed his second Indy 500 victory Sunday with the pole position for Sunday’s race at Gateway (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com), recording the fastest second lap (182.499 mph) of the session in his No. 30 Dallara-Honda.

That just edged Newgarden, who will start on the front row in Sunday’s race. Power and O’Ward will make up the second row.

For Power, it’s his second pole of 2020 (he also qualified first on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course) and the 59th of his career, which ranks second all time. It also his the second Gateway pole for Power, who won after qualiyfing first in 2017.

It’s the 10th career pole for Sato and his first in 2020. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing qualified first for the first time since Sato at Texas in June 2019.

Takuma Sato is on the pole for Sunday;s IndyCar race at Gateway (Joe Skibinski/IndyCar).

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

Roczen Progressive Ecstar Suzuki
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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.