Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony headlines 6.5 hours of NASCAR on NBCSN

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Today will mark NBCSN’s biggest day yet in terms of NASCAR coverage thus far in the run-up to the 2015 season, and before this summer when NASCAR on NBC race coverage kicks off.

Friday will see NBCSN have 6.5 hours of coverage, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR AMERICA. The one-hour show will air on-site in Charlotte, N.C. with NBC Sports Group’s Leigh Diffey hosting the program alongside analyst Kyle Petty and NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray. Reporters Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will provide interviews and updates from the red carpet.

At 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents a NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Special hosted by Mike Massaro. The special features a look into the lives of Hall of Fame inductees Bill Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 16-time Most Popular Driver; and Wendell Scott, the only African-American race winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.

Coverage wraps up with NBC Sports’ NASCAR Gridiron Challenge presented by Toyota at 10 p.m. ET. The special pairs NASCAR drivers with former NFL greats in a series of stock car races and a football challenge. Click here for more information.

Stream URLs via NBC Sports Live Extra are as follows: http://nbcsnstream.nbcsports.com for NASCAR AMERICA, and http://nbcsnstream2.nbcsports.com for both the Hall of Fame special and Gridiron Challenge.

Below is the full schedule of tomorrow’s NASCAR coverage on NBCSN (all times ET):

Time Program
4:30 p.m. NASCAR AMERICA
7 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Special
8 p.m. 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
10 p.m. NASCAR Gridiron Challenge presented by Toyota 

 

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.