IMSA Road America entry list features 31 cars across four divisions

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There are 31 cars on the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entry list at Road America for the IMSA SportsCar Weekend.

The overall field for the Aug. 2 race (noon ET, NBC) in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, has increased by two cars from the July 18 race at Sebring International Raceway.

There are three additional entries in the GT Daytona class: The No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Roman De Angelis and Ian James; the No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/MSR Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 of Alvaro Parente and Misha Goikhberg; and the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see who’s entered in IMSA at Road America

The LMP2 class will have four cars (one fewer than Sebring) after the No. 8 entry of John Farano and Ryan Dalziel withdrew from the original entry list.

There are eight cars in the DPi class; six in GTLM and 13 in GTD. Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda are the defending overall winners on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course.

This will be the last race for DragonSpeed’s No. 81 ORECA LMP2 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley until the Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale Nov. 12. The team announced Wednesday that it’s reducing its IMSA schedule because it will add a second entry for the rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sept. 19-20.

The Aug. 2 event at Road America will mark the third race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since a five-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The race will begin at 12:05 p.m. ET with coverage on NBC, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage will have live flag-to-flag coverage starting at noon ET.

Fans will be allowed to attend Road America for the race weekend, though the garage will be restricted to essential team personnel.

Click here to view the 31 cars entered in the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.

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.