Alexander Rossi backs Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Super Bowl LV


Alexander Rossi will be cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Super Bowl LV for one reason: Tom Brady. He draws inspiration from the quarterback largely because of how successful Brady has been despite his lengthy 21 years in the sport.

“Tom Brady finds a way to win games regardless of the surrounding situations, and I think that is more impressive than his obvious innate ability and the records that he holds,” Alexander Rossi said in a video clip posted to the IndyCar Twitter account prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Rossi will enter his sixth IndyCar season in 2021 driving for Andretti Autosport. Prior to coming to race in America’s top single-seater division, he spent two years racing in Formula 1. Rossi won IndyCar’s “Super Bowl” — the Indianapolis 500 — in his 2016 debut at the Brickyard during his rookie season.

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“What’s so impressive about Tom Brady’s success is just the longevity,” Rossi said. “Me, being an athlete in my own sport, you witness first-hand guys that have a lot of success and then there’s obviously the decline that comes naturally. And the fact that he has been able to sustain his level of performance and success for so long is just an inspiration.”

Rossi believes there are lessons to be learned from top-tier athletes like Brady, who has six Super Bowl championships – the most recent of which came in 2018 when his New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. Brady left the Patriots this year to quarterback the beleaguered Bucs and immediately steer them to Super Bowl.

“What he does to keep his level of competitiveness so high, that’s something I strive to emulate,” Rossi said. “I don’t know that I see any similarities between myself and a six-time Super Bowl champion, just because I don’t see myself at that level again.

“I came from Europe and kind of being in a reserve role in Formula 1, and he was a backup quarterback before he got his break. But I’m still looking for my first championship.”

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023


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.