Guess who’s not on Jeff Gordon’s dinner guest list: (Hint, it rhymes with ‘Mad’)


Besides riding a tricycle at Tuesday’s Washington Wizards’ game, Jeff Gordon made the rounds of some media outlets while in our nation’s capital to promote the upcoming season-opening Daytona 500.

Among those stops was at WTTG, Channel 5, a Fox affiliate. Gordon took part in a segment with sportscaster Scott Smith called “Rapid Fire,” where the four-time Sprint Cup champ was asked a series of quick questions followed by equally quick responses.

We have to give Smith credit, he asked a lot of good questions. Among them (and with Gordon’s reply):

* What is Gordon’s favorite pre-race meal? “Salmon and rice before every race, usually brown rice.”

* Gordon’s favorite racetrack? “Bristol. There’s just something about Bristol that’s awesome.”

* Over or under 50 lbs., the weight of the Harley Earl Trophy (for winning the Daytona 500): Gordon said under, but the trophy actually weighs 54 lbs.

* With Gordon being a big San Francisco 49ers fan, he was asked about where the team goes from here now that Jim Harbaugh has left as head coach: “They’re in bad shape. … I’m a big fan. I felt like Harbaugh has been a great contributor to their success. Now I’m anxious like every other 49er fan is to see who can replace him and elevate them back to that championship quality team they were.”

* The driver most likely to get invited to dinner at the Gordon household: “Probably Jimmie Johnson because he’s my neighbor. He lives around the corner from me.”

And then came the best question of the interview. Gordon’s response was no surprise:

* The person least likely to be invited to a Gordon family dinner: “Definitely Brad Keselowski. That was easy.”

Click here to see the entire interview with Gordon.

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


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.