HMD Motorsports announces Linus Lundqvist in Indy Lights

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HMD Motorsports has named Linus Lundqvist as the third driver of their Indy Lights four-car team.

Lundqvist joins David Malukas and Benjamin Pedersen at HMD Motorsports. A fourth driver is still to be announced.

Lundqvist earned his ride with a dominant performance in Formula Regional Americas competition in 2020. He won the championship on the strength of 15 wins in 17 races.

Part of his championship including a scholarship to Indy Lights from Honda Performance Development.

Lundqvist’s 2021 team is a partnership between his 2020 team Global Racing Group and HMD Motorsports.

“I am ecstatic to finally be able to announce my plans for 2021 and shift my focus to race wins and the quest for the championship,” Lundqvist said in a release. “The partnership between Global Racing Group and HMD Motorsports has really formed a powerhouse program in the Road to Indy and their support together with Honda’s scholarship initiative has allowed me to put together what I believe to be the best possible foundation for a successful season.”

Lundqvist will be competing along with the remainder of the Indy Lights field for a scholarship to race in a least three IndyCar events in 2020, including the Indy 500. The top three in the Indy Lights championship will each be awarded an IndyCar test at the end of the season.

“We are thrilled to have Linus join Indy Lights in 2021 and happy that we can continue our working relationship,” says Global Racing Group’s Christian Pedersen. “Linus has one goal, and we look forward to helping him achieve that. Joining forces with HMD Motorsports solidifies the defined commitment for success and Linus will be part of a very strong four-car driver line-up in the partnership.”

HMD Motorsports Owner Henry Malukas said of Lundqvist, “Linus’ performance in 2020 was incredible. We are happy that he is racing in our program, and not against it.”

The 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires campaign begins at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama (USA), on April 9-11.

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.