Program gives Lincoln Tech students chance to work for Arrow McLaren SP

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During five NTT IndyCar Series race weekends this year, the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP team will have an additional member on its pit crew.

For the fourth consecutive year, Lincoln Tech will serve as the official technical school of Arrow McLaren SP, allowing for five students to serve as pit crew members in 2020.

“It’s one thing to put your logo on a race car; it’s another thing to become more engaged with the partner,” Lincoln Tech senior vice president of marketing Peter Tahinos said. “What they offered us and is an essential part of our partnership is what we refer to as the Mentorship Program, which allows our automotive, engineering and diesel students the opportunity to work as part of the team for a race weekend.”

During race weekends, Mentorship Program students will have the opportunity to attend team meetings, meet drivers Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward, run tires, assist with basic car prep and maintenance and shadow front end crew member Cole Jagger (a graduate of Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus).

Students in the Indianapolis campus’ computerized manufacturing program have been assisting the team by machining components for their race cars.

“Through our extended partnership with Lincoln Tech we are able to stay one step ahead of our competitors, not only through Lincoln Tech’s manufacturing resource but, most importantly, as a talent pipeline,” Arrow McLaren SP Managing Director Taylor Kiel said.  “Our close proximity to the Indianapolis campus has provided us an opportunity to engage their students and resources in creative and meaningful ways which have positively impacted our organization on and off track.  I’m also proud to say that through our partnership, we have hired multiple Lincoln Tech graduates that are contributing members of our race-winning organization and we look forward to identifying the next one.”  

Lincoln Tech Mentorship Program students will join AMSP in the races at Long Beach, Circuit of Americas, the IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both rounds of the doubleheader weekend at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park and Road America.

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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.