Aston Martin Racing changes GTE Pro line-up for rest of WEC season

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Aston Martin Racing has adjusted its driver line-up in the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the remainder of the 2016 season.

AMR entered two V8 Vantage GTEs with three drivers in each car at the beginning of the season, racing with six drivers at Silverstone, Spa and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

However, the British marque will now cut back to having two drivers in each of its cars for the remainder of the WEC season.

“Each entry will benefit from increased track time per driver and fewer compromises in their driving positions,” a statement from Aston Martin Racing read.

Darren Turner will switch from the No. 95 entry to the No. 97, joining Richie Stanaway. Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen will continue to race in the No. 95 car.

Fernando Rees and Johnny Adam partnered Stanaway for the opening three races of the year, but will remain part of the Aston Martin Racing setup despite being dropped from the No. 97 car.

“With the second half of the season due to begin, we have had to consider what is best for the team,” team principal Paul Howarth said.

“With a focused driver lineup, this should help give us the best possible chance of success this year. I hope that Nicki, Marco, Darren and Richie will continue to push hard and keep us at the top of the GT manufacturers table.

“I’d like to thank Fernando and Jonny for their efforts this year, particularly on their sterling job at Le Mans.

“They have each put in fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them in our wider Aston Martin Racing activities.”

The next FIA WEC round takes place at the Nurburgring in Germany on July 24.

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.