Felix Rosenqvist cleared for IndyCar return at Mid-Ohio with Arrow McLaren SP

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After missing two races because of a violent crash June 12 at the Detroit Grand Prix, Felix Rosenqvist will return Sunday to the No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet for Arrow McLaren SP at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the team announced Tuesday.

Rosenqvist, who was hospitalized overnight after hitting the barrier in Turn 6 at Belle Isle Raceway, was cleared to drive in Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio (noon ET, NBC) by the NTT IndyCar Series medial team, Arrow McLaren SP said in a release.

“Felix and Arrow McLaren SP would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Billows and the INDYCAR Medical Team for the exceptional care and treatment they have provided,” the team said.

Workers needed more than 10 minutes to extricate Rosenqvist after his impact at virtually full speed scattered tires and knocked over a concrete barrier.

Oliver Askew, who was replaced by Rosenqvist in the No. 7 this season, substituted in the second race at Detroit and finished 25th because of an engine failure.

At Road America, the team turned to Kevin Magnussen, and the Formula One veteran finished 24th in his IndyCar debut.

Rosenqvist, 29, is in his third NTT IndyCar Series season and his first with Arrow McLaren SP. The Swede drove the past two seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, scoring his first victory last year at Road America.

He has a best finish of 12th (at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix) in his seven starts for Arrow McLaren SP this season. Teammate Pato O’Ward has two victories and is ranked second in the points standings.

In an update several hours after Rosenqvist’s hit, Arrow McLaren SP said the No. 7 underwent a detailed examination that ruled out driver error, software problems or a stuck throttle for the crash. The team blamed a “single, non-recurrent mechanical fault” for the wreck and said a remedy had been implemented.

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.