It’s official: We get to devour a second season of “Dinner with Racers”

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Last year, two guys drove around the country in an Acura MDX, riding on Continental Tires, and brought nearly 30 podcast episodes from the world of racing to your ears.

Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman’s “Dinner with Racers” podcast didn’t start out as much more than a fun idea, but quickly surprised and amazed with the caliber of guest, discussion and frequency of downloads that occurred.

Then there was also the amount of chicken sandwiches consumed by Heckman, which is another story in and of itself.

So, now that we know what the podcast is, we get an encore. “Dinner with Racers” season two production is underway now, with episodes to be released starting in November.

Here’s the release from Continental Tire, and a teaser video:

Following a successful first season in which hosts, Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman, embarked on a cross-country journey that would see them drive 8,000 miles to meet up with 26 guests, the duo along with program partner, Continental Tire, are proud to announce the return of their motorsport popular podcast “Dinner with Racers.” While the latest batch of episodes will likely not be released until November, the series has officially begun recording, starting now.

As a motorsport podcast focusing on meeting with some of the most interesting characters in the sport, “Dinner with Racers” features an un-structured format in which the hosts meet up with drivers, team owners, engineers, journalists, and a variety of industry veterans in search of some of the most legendary tales of racing and beyond. Previous guests have included 2016 IndyCar Champion Simon Pagenaud, motorsport legend Tommy Kendall, five-time Rolex 24 winner Andy Lally, and dozens of others.

For Season Two, Continental Tire will continue their partnership and support of the series, and similarly the duo will be driving an all-new Honda Odyssey fitted with Continentals CrossContact LX20 tires during the adventure, courtesy of American Honda. Hosted by sportscar race winner and Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley as well as motorsport behind-the-scenes veteran Sean Heckman, the duo will chronicle their journey via their social media channels, along with Bill Riley.

The duo can be followed below:

Ryan Eversley

Instagram: @eversley
Twitter: @ryaneversley
Snapchat: @eversley
Facebook: Ryan Eversley

Sean Heckman

Instagram: @sean.heckman
Twitter: @seanheckman
Facebook: Sean Heckman

To experience season one, visit www.dinnerwithracers.com.

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.