Mardenborough set for full GP3 season with Carlin, alongside Nissan LMP1 role

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English rising star Jann Mardenborough will complement his LMP1 responsibilities in the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO with the GP3 Series for a second season, with the Carlin team.

Mardenborough switches from Arden, where he drove the 2014 season and finished ninth in the championship with a win.

Nissan has pulled out of the WEC until Le Mans in June, so Mardenbrough will be involved in a mix of LMP1 testing and GP3 racing until then.

The GP3 season conflicts with one FIA World Endurance Championship race weekend. GP3 will be at Russia and WEC at Fuji the weekend of Oct. 9-11. Otherwise Mardenborough should be good to go for all races.

“I was thinking at the start of the year that it would be amazing to do both LMP1 and GP3 so I’m very happy and surprised that this has happened!” said Mardenborough.

Added Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin, “Jann completes an extremely strong line-up for us.  Having worked with him in F3 and seeing him continue to develop in GP3, I have no doubt that Jann will be a potential race winner from the start.

“It’s fantastic to see the path his career has taken; from a gamer at home to a competitive GP3 racer on track and we’re thankful to the GT Academy and Nissan for entrusting us with this next step in Jann’s single seater career.  Our aim is to retain both the drivers’ and teams’ titles and with Jann, together with Antonio [Fuoco] and Mitch [Gilbert] I think we have a very capable team with which to attempt that.”

Mardenborough will also make his debut in the Nurburgring 24 Hours in one of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s (May 14-17).

GP3 Schedule

  • May 8-10: Spain
  • June 19-21: Austria
  • July 3-5: Britain
  • July 17-19: TBA (was Germany)
  • July 24-26: Hungary
  • Aug. 21-23: Belgium
  • Sept. 4-6: Italy
  • Oct. 9-11: Russia
  • Nov. 27-29: Abu Dhabi

WEC Schedule

  • April 12: Silverstone
  • May 2: Spa
  • June 13-14: Le Mans
  • Aug. 30: Nurburgring
  • Sept. 19: COTA
  • Oct. 11: Fuji
  • Nov. 1: Shanghai
  • Nov. 21: Bahrain

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.