Oliver Gavin, Townsend Bell join Vasser Sullivan for Rolex 24

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Oliver Gavin and Townsend Bell join Vasser Sullivan Racing as part of the two-car driver lineup for the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Gavin will race in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 alongside Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz.

Bell will race in the No. 12 with Zach Veach and Frankie Montecalvo, who were announced in this ride last week.

Both Gavin and Bell have previous Rolex 24 wins.

In 21 years of racing in IMSA, Gavin has 49 victories, five championships and a class win in the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona. Driving for Corvette Racing at the time, he completed 722 of 736 laps and finished seventh in the GTLM class.

“I’m quite pumped to be joining Vasser Sullivan for the Daytona Rolex 24, and I’m excited to compete in the GTD (GT Daytona) class taking on the challenge of trying to win another Rolex,” Gavin said in a release. “I’m joining a great driver lineup with Jack and Aaron in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 and will be looking for my 50th win in IMSA; I can’t wait to get started!”

Bell was part of the winning GTD class team in the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona. He followed that up with the GTD Championship the following year and won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE Am class.

“I’m very happy to be competing for the Vasser Sullivan Lexus family in the 2021 Rolex 24 At Daytona,” Bell said. “We’ve had a lot of success there, including finishing first and second last year in the Daytona sprint race (in July) and placing second in the team’s debut at the Rolex 24 in 2019. We are all committed to continuing and building on that success, and I am looking forward to driving again with Frankie and working with Zach Veach as he transitions to sports cars.”

Additional drivers for each car will be named at a later date.

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.