Josef Newgarden is PointsBet Mid-Ohio favorite over Scott Dixon

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After a heartbreaking end to his Road America effort, Josef Newgarden is the PointsBet favorite to win the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (11 a.m. ET, NBC).

Newgarden sat on the pole for the Rev Group Grand Prix and led 32 of 55 laps before something went amiss in his gear box on a restart with two-to-go, dropping him from the lead to 21st, the final driver on the lead lap. His odds this week are +425. Newgarden finished second in the first of two races at Mid-Ohio last year and was eighth in Race 2.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment for this week for Newgarden is $4.25. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Scott Dixon, who aims for his second win of the season and his first on a road course, is the next favorite with +525 odds. Dixon swept the top 10 in six road course races this season, but only three of these were top-fives and his best effort of third was earned in the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Ranked third, Will Power leads a sweep of veteran drivers among the top three. His odds are +700. Power has two podium finishes on road courses with a second at Barber and a third last week at Road America. Sitting in the media center after the race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Power was encouraged by the run and believed the team is turning their season around.

Colton Herta, 21, leads a contingent of three young guns in the next three positions. So far in 2021 drivers in their 20s have posted impressive runs by scoring six of the nine victories. Herta’s win came in Round 2 at St. Petersburg. He is listed this week at +750.

Pato O’Ward rounds out the top five at +850. He has one win on an oval in 2021 and one win on a road course. His road course win came in the second race of the Belle Isle doubleheader on the heels of a third-place finish the day before.

Just outside the top five, Alex Palou is listed at +1000. Last week’s win at Road America gave him back the points’ lead as the series heads into the back half of the season.

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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.