Courtesy of MX Sports
Can-Am 500 Serves as Penultimate Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup
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.
“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.
For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and LIKE the Pro Motocross Facebook page and follow @ProMotocross
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information on the latest Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship news.
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.
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