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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Verizon IndyCar Series is set for its first permanent road course race of 2016, for the fourth round of the season, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from picturesque Barber Motorsports Park .

You can watch all the action from Long Beach LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra starting at 3 p.m. ET. Estimated “Drivers, start your engines!” and green flag times are 3:38 and 3:45 p.m. ET (2:38 and 2:45 p.m. PT and local time), respectively.

Rick Allen joins analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy in the NBCSN booth, with Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller in the pits.

Today’s IndyCar coverage follows coverage of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races from Barber, on just preceding the action at 2 p.m. ET.

Kevin Lee and Anders Krohn have the call with Katie Hargitt in the pits; Saturday’s first race is shown in a highlights package with today’s second race serving as the featured race.

Simon Pagenaud won his first Verizon P1 Award of the season on Saturday, edging out Team Penske teammate Will Power, which could set up a titanic showdown between the two former rivals but longtime friends.

Can Pagenaud carry his early season momentum into today’s race? Only time will tell, as beyond Penske, Scott Dixon looks for both his and Chip Ganassi Racing’s first win at Barber, single-car Chevrolet squads Ed Carpenter Racing and KVSH Racing look to upset the form book, and Honda looks to star on its own turf for its own race, with Graham Rahal hoping to lead its charge.

Again, that’s 3 p.m. ET for LIVE coverage from Barber for Round 4 of the IndyCar season.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023


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.