Zach Osborne retires from Supercross, Motocross after winning 2020 championship

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After nine seasons in Supercross and Motocross in the 250 and 450 classes, Zach Osborne announced his retirement from motorcycle racing. After a career highlighted by a 450 and 250 championship in motocross and two 250 titles in Supercross East, Osborne, 32, is retiring after suffering multiple back injuries.

“I’m officially retiring from professional Supercross and Motocross racing,” Osborne announced on Instagram. “It’s been an amazing ride and one that I wouldn’t change for anything as it’s gotten me to right here where I sit today!

“I’m forever grateful for opportunities from great individuals, companies and teams to have the best equipment and relationships to perform at the highest level and become a champion of the sport.

“I’ve achieved more than I ever imagined or even dreamed of as a child. There were plenty of lows in my day where I thought even a factory ride of any sort was out of the question let alone winning championships not only in the 250 class but in the 450 class as well. I’ve had an amazing run and even though it isn’t ending exactly how I would’ve wanted, I can say I’m content. I’ve poured my heart and soul into the last 16 years of professional racing as has my wife, Brittney Osborne, and even my kids.”

Even though it ended sooner than he wanted. Osborne was able to exit after recently achieving the pinnacle of his career.

Osborne was riding high in 2020 with his most recent championship.

That season will be remembered as one marked by the restructure of the schedule by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will also be remembered as the season that Osborne went from winning his first motocross race to the championship in short order.

Osborne’s first pair of wins came in a doubleheader at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, which was pressed into service for the first time in its history as host of a National because of the pandemic.

Osborne won twice more that season, at Red Bud in Buchanan, Mich. and WW Motocross Ranch in Jacksonville, Fla. In the nine-round season, Osborne finished in the top five seven times.

The 2021 season was spoiled by injury. After standing on the podium at Orlando in his seventh Main of the season, he was slowed and ultimately forced off the track following six rounds. He attempted to come back for the motocross season, but made only two Mains with a 10th at Fox Raceway in May and 16th at Thunder Valley in June.

 

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.