Porsche wins 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans with no. 19 car

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Porsche has clinched its first outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1998 with the no. 19 car of Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hulkenberg following an enthralling fight with Audi at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The no. 19 car took control of the race at the halfway point in the race following a string of dominant stints by Tandy behind the wheel of the 919 Hybrid, with both Hulkenberg and Bamber also produced impressive displays.

As the no. 17 Porsche of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley dropped back after a penalty and the front-running no. 7 and no. 9 Audis failed to keep up with the pace at the front, the no. 19 car established a comfortable lead in the closing hours of the race.

The honor fell to Nico Hulkenberg to cross the line and complete the race for Porsche, making him the first active F1 driver in 24 years to win Le Mans. He and Earl Bamber became the first rookies to win the race outright since 1998 when Laurent Aiello was victorious with Porsche.

Porsche completed a one-two finish by getting the no. 17 car across the line in second place, whilst the no. 7 Audi of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler completed the podium for Audi.

In LMP2, KCMG claimed a dominant victory with its no. 47 car, leading for the entire 24 hours bar a few laps at the very beginning of the race. Despite suffering two stoppages on track, a broken LED light and a stop/go penalty, the Hong Kong-based team managed to clinch the victory ahead of the no. 38 Jota Sport car and the no. 26 G-Drive Racing runner.

GTE Pro was a closely fought affair in the early stages between Corvette, Aston Martin Racing, AF Corse and Porsche, but eventually boiled down to a battle between the no. 64 Corvette and the no. 51 AF Corse Ferrari in the final few hours.

However, a problem on the no. 51 car allowed Corvette’s trio of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor to win the class with relative ease. AF Corse rounded out the podium with the no. 71 car in second and the recovering no. 51 in third.

The climax of the GTE Am race was a dramatic one, as Aston Martin Racing saw its hopes of a class victory be spurned away due to a late accident. The no. 98 car had a sizeable lead over SMP Racing’s no. 52 in the final hour, only for Paul Dalla Lana to crash out at the Ford Chicane and ruin the front end of the car.

As a result, SMP claimed its first win at Le Mans, with Patrick Dempsey’s no. 77 car finishing second in class ahead of the Scuderia Corsa no. 62 in third place.

The top honors lay with Porsche, though, and marked another milestone in the German marque’s LMP1 mission. After returning in 2014 and claiming its first FIA World Endurance Championship victory, Porsche has now won the biggest event of them all at Le Mans, and will now be setting its sights on a full WEC title victory at the end of the season.

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.