On this day in 1947, the creation of NASCAR began in Daytona Beach

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Every great story must begin somewhere.

For NASCAR, their story began on this day, 67 years ago.

William H.G. France had overseen the creation of the National Championship Stock Car Circuit for the 1947 season. And with the NCSCC, France had not only rolled out innovations such as a standard set of rules and a points system but awarded sums of prize money to race winners and the series champion, Fonty Flock.

However, “Big Bill” decided to push even further. And so, on Dec. 14, 1947, he began a series of meetings with drivers, promoters, and mechanics inside the Ebony Room of the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, in hopes of establishing an even bigger series.

It was a rather unique assembly of people in that room. In his 2012 book “100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” writer Mike Hembree lists a snippet of a report from local journalist Benny Kahn that describes participants as “the owner of a small local filling station; a local race driver; a Providence, Rhode Island motorcycle dealer; an Atlanta garage operator; a Spartanburg turnip farmer; a New Rochelle, New York midget racetrack promoter; a moonshiner or two with anonymous addresses; and assorted hustlers.”

As the meetings progressed, France was named president of the new series, which was initially to be called the National Stock Car Racing Association.

However, when it was found that another racing organization was using the name already, the group voted to instead use a suggestion from top mechanic Red Vogt – the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

NASCAR would be officially founded on Feb. 21, 1948. It’s come a long way since then.

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.