DRR links up with SH for GRC effort at X Games

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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has a toe dipped into another form of motorsport – the Global Rallycross Championship.

A press release from the team today confirmed its expansion into GRC in partnership with SH Racing and its principal, James Sullivan. No driver or car details were named but they have dubbed the car the “Star Car,” and will partner with GRC champions OMSE2 for the effort.

The team will run at the X Games event in Los Angeles on August 4 (check local listings).

“GRC is an emerging sport which will bring our sponsor partners a whole new audience and serves as a great compliment to our INDYCAR efforts,” said Robbie Buhl, co-owner of DRR.

“This is a homecoming for us in that we’re expanding back into our roots in Action Sports with the entry into X Games,” Sullivan added. “Coming straight off the Indy 500 victory, X Games will be another huge win for our sponsors and stakeholders.”

SH and DRR have partnered before, to field the No. 07 REDLINE XTREME entry for Tomas Scheckter in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series race at Baltimore.

SH has re-entered IndyCar this year with KV Racing Technology, as a partner to Tony Kanaan’s No. 11 entry.

DRR was in IndyCar through this year’s Indianapolis 500 with driver Oriol Servia, as part of a technical partnership with Panther Racing, but withdrew after the race citing a lack of funding. Servia has since raced for Panther Racing at Texas, and upcoming this weekend at Iowa.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.