Keselowski slices hand on broken bottle in Victory Lane (PHOTOS, UPDATED)

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A broken champagne bottle forced Brad Keselowski to get stitches to his right hand at Kentucky Speedway’s infield care center after winning the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night. Before going in for his stitches, he waved his bloody hand to the assembled photographers in Victory Lane. Photo: Getty Images.

UPDATED (12:22 a.m. ET): Sporting a bandaged right hand with a NASCAR Sprint Cup winner’s sticker on it,  Brad Keselowski exclaimed “Hey everybody!” as he finally entered the Kentucky Speedway media center for his post-race press conference.

A few questions into the presser, Keselowski was asked which was more treacherous: Victory Lane or navigating the 1.5-mile oval’s rough surface.

“The front-stretch bumps are a concussion, and Victory Lane is bleeding of the hand,” Keselowski mused. “I guess I don’t have enough to lose upstairs to worry about the first one.

“So, the champagne. I should have stuck with beer.”

Keselowski also added more details about the incident, saying that he thought he hit the bottle on the corner of the podium before it broke on him.

“I don’t know, I was trying to get the top off and shaking [the bottle] at the same time,” he said. “People were spraying me and I couldn’t really see all that well. It was just one of those deals.

He felt that his bandaged hand would not hinder his ability to drive in next Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

“Last time I had stitches, it was seven days or so, and we’re going to Daytona, which is probably the easiest track you could ask for,” he said.

“I didn’t break any bones or any of that stuff. I just put in a big gash, so I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

UPDATED (11:37 p.m. ET): Ford Racing has tweeted a photo of Keselowski’s bandaged right hand after cutting it with the broken champagne bottle in Victory Lane. The manufacturer reports that he needed four stitches.

After winning tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, Brad Keselowski ended up going to the track’s infield care center after slicing his hand open on a broken champagne bottle.

Photographer Kirby Johnson Gordon was able to catch a shot of the bottle apparently exploding in Keselowski’s hands, which led to the injury.

And from ESPN’s Jim Noble:

Obviously, the incident has held up the usual post-race media proceedings at Kentucky. Keselowski led 199 of 267 laps tonight en route to his second win of the season.

We’ll have more on the situation as it develops…

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.