Supercross: Chad Reed returns to top of podium with victory in Atlanta

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One of the eldest veterans active in the sport, 32-year-old Chad Reed once again proved why he’s a contender each time he lines up on the gate after earning the 450 Class win Saturday night at the Atlanta Supercross race.

The 2008 450SX champion grabbed the holeshot in the main event and used it to lead the race wire-to-wire. Ryan Dungey worked his way through the field up to second and got close enough to the front to apply pressure to Reed by the end of the race, but Reed held him off to capture his first victory in over a year.

Although Dungey would have to settle for the runner-up spot, he was able to double his points lead thanks to a big crash from Ken Roczen that kept the RCH Suzuki rider in the back of the field. With Roczen finishing 18th in the Georgia Dome, his 12-point deficit behind Dungey was stretched out to 31 points. He also lost a spot in the championship standings to Trey Canard, who finished third in the race and currently sits 25 points back of Dungey.

The action was even more exciting in the 250 Class, as three different riders led the race at times.

Martin Davalos (nine laps) and Justin Bogle (three laps) both spent time out front, and Marvin Musquin was in the mix all night as well, but with three laps to go, it was Jeremy Martin taking over the lead from Bogle and pulling away to earn his second career Supercross victory.

After two races, Musquin – who looked unstoppable one week ago – still holds the points lead in the 250SX East Region, but the battle remains tight, as Martin and Bogle are both within five points of the Red Bull KTM rider.

The series resumes next Saturday night with a second race in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.

Atlanta 1 450SX Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey (-1.2 seconds)
3. Trey Canard
4. Cole Seely
5. Weston Peick

450SX Points Standings (after 8 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey, 174
2. Trey Canard, 149
3. Ken Roczen, 143
4. Eli Tomac, 115
5. Jason Anderson, 114

Atlanta I 250SX East Results
1. Jeremy Martin
2. Marvin Musquin (-2.2 seconds)
3. Justin Bogle
4. Martin Davalos
5. Joey Savatgy

250SX East Points Standings (after 2 of 8 races)
1. Marvin Musquin, 47
2. Jeremy Martin, 43
3. Justin Bogle, 42
4. Joey Savatgy, 36
5. Martin Davalos, 30
6. Matt Lemoine, 30
7. Vince Friese, 30

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.