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Andretti Autosport signs 3-time W Series champ, Jamie Chadwick for the 2023 INDY NXT by Firestone season

Jamie Chadwick loads into the Andretti Autosport No. 28 INDY NXT by Firestone Dallara during the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ((Photo Courtesy of Penske Entertainment – Travis Hinkle)

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 1, 2022) – Andretti Autosport has signed three-time W Series Champion, Jamie Chadwick, to join Andretti Autosport for the 2023 INDY NXT by Firestone season. Chadwick will make her American racing series debut in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Dallara and become the first female in 13 years to compete full-time in the INDY NXT championship.

DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, will serve as primary sponsor of Chadwick’s entry, partnering with Andretti Autosport and Jamie to grow the company’s long- standing partnership with the team, dating from 2010. Supporting Jamie Chadwick is a natural progression that aligns with DHL’s global values in creating inclusion for all, including the development of women around the world through its global partnerships and within its business.

The British racing driver joined the female free-to-enter championship, W Series in its inaugural season in 2019 and achieved two race victories and three podium finishes which saw Chadwick win the 2019 W Series Championship. Chadwick continued her positive trajectory claiming the 2021 and 2022 W Series Championships while being named as a Formula 1 Reserve Driver for Williams Racing. Jamie will remain part of the Williams Racing Driver Academy in 2023 with an enhanced role to be announced in due course.

DHL and Andretti Autosport, a pioneer in driver development, see this new signing of the first confirmed female in the 2023 INDY NXT championship as an important part of continuing to support the development of young talent, particularly in the male-dominated environment of racing.

Michael Andretti, CEO & Chairman, Andretti Autosport, said:

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL for the 2023 INDY NXT season. Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but INDY NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing. DHL is a long-standing team partner; we are happy to welcome them to the INDY NXT series and excited to welcome Jamie to the team. We’ve turned out five INDY NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express, Americas, said:

“DHL are proud to partner with Jamie as she takes the next progressive step in her motorsports career. As the most international company in the world, DHL has a strong focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Jamie is a fantastic example of inclusion and women empowerment within motorsports. As the Number 1 Great Place to Work for a second year, we want to further reinforce our position with regards to diversity and inclusion and feel that the partnership with Jamie is a great platform do this through the values we both share.”

Jamie Chadwick, Driver, No. 28 DHL Dallara, said:

“I’m hugely excited to be joining Andretti Autosport for the 2023 INDY NXT season with DHL. My aim is always to challenge myself and continue my progression as a driver and this represents not only a big step up but also a big step toward my goal of competing in the highest categories of single-seater racing. Andretti Autosport’s standing in the sport is second to none and I hope to bring more success to such a prestigious team. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chadwick’s first race with Andretti Autosport will be on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, for the 2023 INDY NXT season opener March 3-5, 2023. She joins Andretti Autosport INDY NXT teammates Hunter McElrea (No. 27 Dallara) and Louis Foster (No. 26 Dallara) and becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings who competes for Andretti United Extreme E.

Source: Team PR

Indy Lights rebrands as INDY NXT, adds Firestone as Official Tire & sponsor, releases 2023 schedule

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally posted this morning, but did not email due to a system error. Sorry for the delay! By Steve Wittich The series, most recently known as Indy Lights, will undergo a rebranding in 2023 to appeal to younger and emerging consumer audience. INDY NXT by Firestone will be the new moniker….

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Indy Lights rebrands as INDY NXT, adds Firestone as Official Tire & sponsor, releases 2023 schedule

By Steve Wittich

The series, most recently known as Indy Lights, will undergo a rebranding in 2023 to appeal to younger and emerging consumer audience. INDY NXT by Firestone will be the new moniker.

The primary feeder series for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES began life as the American Racing Series in 1986 and, through the first 36 seasons of competition, had ten different names.

Coming on board as the Official Tire and presenting sponsor is Firestone. It will be the 18th season that Firestone or one of their affiliate brands has been the title sponsor of the top-level North American junior category series.

“We look forward to being part of the journey as INDY NXT enters a new era and expands our partnership with INDYCAR,” said Lisa Boggs, director of motorsports, Bridgestone Americas. “Having been in the series previously, we know how important it is for the development of the next generation of drivers, and we are proud to support them again. INDY NXT provides opportunities for Firestone to engage with new audiences and develop and showcase our technology.”

The primary feeder series for Indy car over the last four decades has had the following names:

  • American Racing Series – 1986, 1987 & 1990
  • HFC American Racing Series – 1988 & 1989
  • Firestone Indy Lights Championship – 1991, 1992, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
  • PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship – 1994, 1995, 1996, & 1997
  • PPG/Dayton Indy Lights Championship – 1998 & 1999
  • Dayton Indy Lights Championship – 2000 & 2001
  • Infiniti Pro Series – 2002 & 2003
  • Menards Infiniti Pro Series – 2004 & 2005
  • Indy Pro Series – 2006 & 2007
  • Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022
  • INDY NXT by Firestone – 2023

Twenty of the 35 drivers that contested at least one NTT INDYCAR SERIES race in 2022 were graduates of INDY NXT by Firestone.

The INDY NXT by Firestone drivers will contest a 14-race schedule, including eight natural terrain road courses, four street circuits, and two oval races.

2023 INDY NXT by Firestone schedule

March 51Streets Of St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg, Fla.Peacock
April 302Barber Motorsports ParkBirmingham, Ala.Peacock
May 12-133 & 4Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road CourseSpeedway, Ind.Peacock
June 3 & 45 & 6Streets Of DetroitDetroit, MichPeacock
June 187Road AmericaElkhart Lake, Wisc.Peacock
July 28Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington, OhioPeacock
July 229Iowa SpeedwayNewton, IowaPeacock
August 610Streets Of NashvilleNashville, Tenn.Peacock
August 2711World Wide Technology Raceway At GatewayMadison, Ill.Peacock
September 312Portland International RacewayPortland, Ore.Peacock
September 9 & 1013 & 14WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaMonterey, Calif.Peacock

Integration within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES paddock began last year as INDYCAR took over the promotion and management of the series. More of those benefits are expected this season.

“INDY NXT by Firestone will continue to develop and graduate new generations of racers ready to engage in breathtaking, high-stakes competition,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “Firestone is the perfect partner in this endeavor, with its innovative technology and authentic appreciation for INDY NXT and its vast potential.”

A larger field of drivers is expected in 2023, with 13 drivers already confirmed and six more likely.

HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing’s Danial Frost at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test (Photo Courtesy of Penske Entertainment- Joe Skibinski)

HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing veteran Danial Frost, who recently tested an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car with Dale Coyne Racing, was the quickest driver in the last two tests on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and at Barber Motorsports Park.