Can-Am 500 Serves as Penultimate Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup
MORGANTOWN, WV – November 11, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Today, MX Sports Pro Racing announced that 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class Champion Ken Roczen will serve as an Honorary Race Official at this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Can-Am 500 from Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. In this exclusive role, the newly signed Team Honda HRC rider will participate in a variety of festivities throughout race day.
Roczen was dominant throughout the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this past summer, winning 20 of 24 motos and capturing nine overall victories to secure his second career title and the first for the RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing effort. He failed to finish off a moto podium just once, and produced an incredible average finish of 1.25. After making the biggest move of the offseason and joining Team Honda just a few weeks ago, Roczen will now be on hand as the final four divers for the Chase for the Sprint Cup finale in Homestead, Florida, are locked in.
Ken Roczen will be an Honorary Race Official at the Can-Am 500
this weekend at Phoenix International Speedway.
Photo: Simon Cudby
“I’ve been a huge fan of NASCAR since I came to the U.S. to compete full time. What these drivers are able to do inside the car, pushing as much as possible for 500 miles, is incredible. I have so much respect for their ability, and I know the feeling is mutual. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet several drivers over the past few years, so I’m honored NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway have given me this opportunity and I want to thank MX Sports for making this happen.”
The Can-Am 500 will air live this Sunday, November 13, on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT. In addition to being the home of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, NBC Sports also holds exclusive rights to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Roczen will make a special appearance on the NBC broadcast and will also be interviewed on the Motor Racing Network (MRN), NASCAR’s official radio partner. In addition to his broadcast opportunities, Roczen’s role as Honorary Race Official will also have him participate in the morning Driver’s Meeting, Pre-Race Ceremonies, and Driver Introductions.
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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, GoPro, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, Kawasaki, Motorcycle Superstore, FRAM, KTM, Oakley, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, ProGrip, EBC Brakes, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.
Source: Racer Productions, Inc.