Motocross of Nations returns to America in 2022 at RedBud

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The Motocross of Nations will return to the United States at RedBud in Buchanan, Mich. for the fifth time in its 75-year history for the 2022 edition. The event is typically held in late September.

The announcement was made during the event weekend for this year’s race, which was held at Mantova, Italy and won by the Italian team. In part because of travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, America did not field a team this year.

In the most recent Motocross of Nations prior to that, a Dutch team represented the host country of The Netherlands with a win at Assen in 2019. American riders will try to keep that streak alive.

This will be the second time RedBud hosts the event. In 2018, a French team led by Gautier Paulin and Dylan Ferrandis won the title for the fifth consecutive year.

“The coming year will be the perfect time to come back to normal and to come back to normal means to be able to have races and travel also outside Europe,” said FIM President Jorge Viegas in a release. “We really must keep the championships going and it was not easy in the last couple of years because of the restrictions. I want to thank Infront Moto Racing for the hard work and efforts to promote the FIM Motocross World Championship and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. We are very proud to go to RedBud in 2022.”

The US first hosted the event in 1987 at Unadilla with Americans Bob Hannah, Rick Johnson and Jeff Ward riding victoriously. At the time, America was in the midst of an incredible 13-race winning streak that began in 1981 and ended in 1993.

In 2007, the event moved to Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Md. with Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto and Tim Ferry winning for America. In 2010, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Andrew Short also won for the hosting Americans at Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo., which makes the 2018 race the first time America was beaten at home.

“We’re so excited to have the FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations return to RedBud,” said track organizer Amy Ritchie. “2018 was an amazing experience that people are still talking about. Beyond the staff and officials, the race teams and the multitude of fans in attendance, our whole community enjoyed the culture and people it brought from around the world. Even in extreme conditions, it was a very special event, and we can’t wait to do it again.”

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.