Cast your vote: Which SHR driver will improve most in ’15?

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While Kevin Harvick ended 2014 with his first career Sprint Cup championship, success was in limited to little supply for his three Stewart-Haas Racing teammates.

Kurt Busch won a race at Martinsville that got him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he made a quick exit after the first round — due mostly to the sub-par season he had other than that one win.

Danica Patrick finished 28th, which was one spot lower in the championship standings than she finished in her rookie season in 2013. However, that 28th place finish is deceiving, as Patrick did show improvement in a number of areas through the course of the 2014 campaign.

And then there was team co-owner Tony Stewart. He began the season still far from fully recovered from the sprint car race in Iowa in August 2013 that resulted in multiple fractures of his right leg and forced him to miss the final 15 races of that 2013 season

Stewart had one of the worst, if not the worst, seasons in his Sprint Cup career. Not only did he finish 25th in the standings, he failed to make the Chase, including failing to even win a race for the first time in a season in that storied career.

And then there was the Kevin Ward tragedy and the aftermath that Stewart had to go through.

All three drivers on Tuesday predicted they will all have better seasons in 2015.

So we thought we’d ask you, NASCAR fans, who do you think will be the most improved SHR driver in 2015.

Cast your vote below:

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.