Rolex 24 update: Olivier Pla leads as Helio Castroneves crashes

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We’re just past the four hour mark in the 58th running of the Rolex 24, and the sun has set over the famed high banks of the Daytona International Speedway

Olivier Pla is the current overall leader, while Renger van der Zande currently runs in the second position.

Helio Castroneves currently is more than 40 minutes behind the overall leaders after his car made contact with Mazda Team Joest’s Harry Tincknell.

Driving the No. 55 Mazda, Tincknell dived up and made contact on the inside of the of Castroneves in the No. 7 Acura at the Bus Stop chicane.

While Tinknell’s car slid across the pavement, Castroneves ended up in the outside tire wall, causing significant rear-end damage to the car and forced him to visit the garage area.

Tincknell was assessed a drive-through penalty for the incident.

As of 6:20 pm ET, the leaders are:

DPi:

  1. No. 77 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Olivier Pla
  2. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac Dpi, Renger van der Zande
  3. No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing, Cadillac DPi, Loic Duvall

LMP2:

  1. No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, ORECA LMP2 07, Gabriel Aubry
  2. No. 81 Dragonspeed USA, ORECA LMP2 07, Colin Braun
  3. No. 8 Tower MotorSport by Starworks, ORECA LMP2 07, John Farano

GTLM:

  1. No. 25 BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, BMW M8 GTE, Jesse Krohn
  2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Matt Campbell
  3. No. 912 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Mathieu Jaminet

GTD:

  1. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lars Kern
  2. No. 48 Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Corey Lewis
  3. No. 63 Sucderia Corsa, Ferrari 488 GT3, Toni Vilander

 

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.