Shayna Texter-Bauman to compete in 2022 SuperTwins with Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew

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The Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew will have a third member in the 2022 SuperTwins division with the announcement that Shayna Texter-Bauman will join husband Briar Bauman and defending titlist Jared Mees. With the signing, Indian Motorcycle welcomes the American Flat Track (AFT) Singles’ winningest rider to the crew.

Two of Texter-Bauman’s 13 AFT wins came in the first two races of 2021 in a double-header at the half-mile Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, Fla., but the middle part of the season represented a struggle to find the front of the pack with no top-fives in eight features. Texter-Bauman regained her form late in the season with a second and third on the Sacramento (Calif.) Mile.

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Shayna Texter-Bauman logged hot laps at Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. during a mid-November testing session. (Indian Motorcycles)

“This announcement marks a key moment in my journey as a racer,” Texter-Buaman said in a press release. “I’m humbled to be joining the Wrecking Crew and cannot wait to get out on the track on the incredible FTR750. I’ve been at this for a while now and have always had the desire to finish my career on a Twin.

“I’m beyond appreciative of everyone that has supported me along the way. I still have that fire to race and have some lofty goals that I would like to accomplish before I’m finished racing. I’m definitely looking forward to this next chapter racing SuperTwins.”

Texter-Bauman made one start on a Twin in 2017 and finished 14th, but she was incredibly successful in the Singles division that season, earning five wins and finishing a career-high third in the standings. She finished third the following season as well on the strength of three wins and was seventh with three wins in 2019.

“The entire Indian Motorcycle Racing team and I are beyond excited to welcome Shayna to the Wrecking Crew, as she’s truly a remarkable racer with a relentless drive to succeed,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service & Technology. “Shayna has no bounds that she cannot face, and we’re honored to have her join our team and represent our brand.”

In 2022, Texter-Bauman will attempt to become the first female racer to earn a podium in AFT SuperTwins and riding the Indian FTR750. Briar Bauman and Mees took the title fight into the final race of 2021 in one of the tightest and most thrilling battles in series history.

Indian Motorcycle Racing holds five consecutive American Flat Track manufacturers championships. Jared Mees ended the 2021 season with his seventh career Grand National Championship, while Bauman (2019/2020) is a two-time Grand National Champion. Mees also won championships in 2017 and 2018 for Indian.

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.