Kamui Kobayashi puts No. 48 atop speed chart in Rolex 24 qualifier warmup

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kamui Kobayashi turned the fastest lap in a Sunday morning warmup for the Motul 100, the first qualifier in the history of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Driving the No. 48 Cadillac DPi.VR that he will share with Jimmie Johnson in the 100-minute race, Kobayashi’s time of 1 minute, 36.389 seconds around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway bested the 1:36.883 lap of Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda during the 20-minute session.

Renger van der Zande was third at 1:37.449 in the No. 01 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

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After losing the pole position for Sunday’s race because of an inspection failure, the No. 31 Cadillac of Action Expressed posted the fourth-quickest time with Felipe Nasr.

Because he qualified the No. 48 Saturday ahead of Sunday’s warmup, Johnson will start the Motul 100 before handing off to Kobayashi, a two-time defending Rolex 24 winner, for the Rolex qualifier. The race will begin at 2 p.m. ET (available live via streaming on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold; tape delayed at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Johnson made five laps during the Sunday morning session and ranked 14th on the speed chart with a best time of 1:42.937.

Here were the other top speeds by class:

LMP2: Mikkel Jensen, No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, 1:38.234

GTLM: Nick Tandy, No. 4 Corvette Racing, 1:45.764

LMP3: Laurents Hoerr, No. 6 Muehlner Motorsports America, 1:48.236

GTD: Raffaele Marciello, No. 75 SunEnergy 1, 1:47.151

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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.