A busy week, and a busy month of April ahead for motorsports

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With Easter Sunday now in the books and a couple series (FIA Formula E, Blancpain Sprint Series) kicking off the month, the action really intensifies for the remainder of the month.

Here’s what we have to look forward to for the rest of the month of April:

Formula 1

  • April 12, Chinese Grand Prix (LIVE 1:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Qualifying Sat. April 11 3 a.m. ET; FP2 Fri. April 10 2 a.m. ET)
  • April 19, Bahrain Grand Prix (LIVE 10:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra)

Further practice and qualifying details for Bahrain Grand Prix to come.

Verizon IndyCar Series

  • April 10, INDYCAR Chronicles (5:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; focuses on James Hinchcliffe)
  • April 12, Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana (LIVE IndyCar Pre-Race 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Race 3 p.m. ET; qualifying LIVE Sat. April 11, 5 p.m. ET; race re-air Wed. April 15, 1 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
  • April 17, IndyCar Countdown (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
  • April 19, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (LIVE 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra)
  • April 26, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (LIVE 3 p.m ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra)

Further qualifying details for Long Beach, Barber races to come.

GP2 Series

  • April 17-19, Bahrain (Race 1 Sat. April 18, Race 2 Sun. April 19; TV Mon. April 20, 2 a.m. ET, NBCSN)

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

  • April 19, Long Beach (SDD, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN before LIVE IndyCar coverage at 4 p.m. ET)
  • April 25-26, Barber (TV details for this race to come)

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

  • April 10-12, Las Vegas
  • April 24-26, Houston

MotoGP

  • April 12, Austin, Circuit of the Americas
  • April 19, Argentina

FIA World Endurance Championship

  • April 10-12, Silverstone (European Le Mans Series also racing at Silverstone)

Blancpain Endurance Series

  • April 11-12, Monza

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

  • April 18, Long Beach (P/GTLM classes)

Pirelli World Challenge

  • April 19, Long Beach (GT/GTA/GT Cup presented by MOMO classes)
  • April 25-26, Barber (GT/GTA/GT Cup presented by MOMO, GTS classes)

Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

  • April 10-12, NOLA
  • April 24-26, Barber

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda

  • April 10-12, NOLA
  • April 24-26, Barber

FIA World Rally Championship

  • April 23-26, Rally Argentina

IMSA Development Series

  • April 10-12, both IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites and IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, NOLA

Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup

  • April 10-12, NOLA

Trans-Am

  • April 12, Homestead

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.