Life after Ferrari: Luca di Montezemolo could become head of Rome’s 2024 Olympic bid

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Luca di Montezemolo may no longer be in charge of Ferrari, but he’s certainly kept busy. In November, he became chairman of Italy’s national airline, Alitalia, and in December, he joined the board of directors for CVC, Formula One’s controlling shareholder.

Now the 67-year-old may also be in line for another big job.

The Associated Press reported late this week that Montezemolo has gained major support to become the head of Rome’s 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid.

In fact, the AP says multiple Italian publications are already reporting that the president of the Italian Olympic Committee is expected to install Montezemolo to the post within two weeks.

Mario Pescante, a longtime International Olympic Committee member, is one of Montezemolo’s supporters.

“It’s not my job to [choose] but I have to say he’s perfect, because of his experience in international sports and business,” Pescante told the AP.

He added that Montezemolo “has connections all over the place and he’s very efficient…He’s the right choice. He possesses most of the characteristics needed for the job.”

So far, Rome and Boston, Massachusetts are the only two cities that have confirmed a 2024 Olympic bid. The International Olympic Committee will announce the host city in 2017.

Last October, Montezemolo resigned as head of Ferrari following a 23-year tenure – one of multiple changes within the Ferrari structure over the last year. He has been since replaced in that role by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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.