Off The Grid: Meet Montjuïc, the former home of the Spanish GP (VIDEO)

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Before settling permanently at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 1991, Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix visited multiple venues within the country. One of those was Barcelona’s Montjuïc street circuit, which played host to the race in 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975.

The track’s time as a Grand Prix circuit ended in disaster at the 1975 Spanish GP. On Lap 26, the rear wing of Rolf Stommelen’s car broke and he went into a track barrier.

The impact sent him back into the road and then over the other barrier. Five spectators were killed, Stommelen suffered serious injuries, and the race was called at Lap 29. In a side note, that race also saw Lella Lombardi become the first – and so far, the only – female driver to score World Championship points with her sixth-place result.

Despite that dark day, Montjuïc is hailed by some F1 observers as one of the top Grand Prix circuits ever, as it combined a picturesque setting with high speeds and a very stiff challenge.

During the filming of “Off The Grid: Barcelona” – which debuts Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN – F1 on NBC Sports reporter Will Buxton and his producer, Jason Swales, made a visit to the infamous course. Check out the clip above and ride along with them as they take a lap through F1 history.

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.