Justin Allgaier, David Gilliland OK after hard Kansas wreck (VIDEO)

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Shortly after the field took the restart with 84 laps to go in the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, the caution came out again after a hard crash that involved Sprint Cup rookie Justin Allgaier (pictured) and David Gilliland.

Allgaier and Gilliland’s cars took severe damage, but the latter’s Ford Fusion came off especially worse. Thankfully, both of those drivers were able to get out of the cars and walk away.

As the field went into Turn 3 on the restart lap, A.J. Allmendinger appeared to briefly get his left-side tires on the apron while trying to pass Paul Menard.

Allmendinger spun out and slid down into the right-rear of Allgaier’s No. 51 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet, which sent him spinning into the oncoming No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford of Gilliland.

After the initial hit, Gilliland went into the SAFER Barrier for a second hard hit that briefly put him airborne. His car caught on fire after the two impacts and its front end was smashed in.

Fox Sports relayed radio transmission between the HScott camp and Allgaier in the immediate aftermath. In a pained voice, Allgaier said that he was fine but out of breath.

“Holy crap, was that a hit,” he gasped.

Both Allgaier and Gilliland were later checked and released from the infield care center. When Gilliland was released, he told Fox that it was “the hardest hit I’ve had in a while.”

“It was just a tough hit and a tough way to end our night,” Gilliland said.

The race would restart with 74 laps to go.

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.