A holiday gift from Supercross, Monster Jam

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With the return of fans to sporting events, a wide array of holiday gifts has opened up including discounted tickets to AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series and Monster Jam. Through December 4, fans will save 35 percent on advance purchase of tickets, in an effort to ensure that as many fans as possible will be on hand to cheer the riders and drivers.

With holiday buying shifting from brick-and-mortar retailers to online, this is an opportunity to put something in the stocking that will be enjoyed throughout the year by race fans.

COVID-19 played havoc with the last two seasons and last year many of the Supercross events were held in ‘pods’ with two or three races in one venue to limit travel. This year will have a much more traditional feel with the series returning to the race-starved cities they visited before the pandemic.

The Supercross season kicks off in a little more than a month. Race 1 is scheduled Jan. 8 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Five of the first six rounds will be held in California. But when they leave there in mid-February and travel to Minneapolis, the remaining slate of 17 races will crisscross the United States, visiting 15 cities in 13 states before early May. All 17 events will be shown across the NBC Sports properties, with live coverage of heats, qualifiers and Mains available at PeacockTV.com.

Monster Jam events are spread even more broadly across the country with regional and national schedules that feature multiple races per weekend. The season is scheduled to begin with five events in early January in Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, Wis., North Charleston, S.C. and Oakland, Calif.

In addition to the drivers, the cars are also the stars in Monster Jam and most of the divisions have versions of the iconic Grave Digger to cheer. The 2022 Stadium Championship Series Yellow visits 14 cities during their tour. The Stadium Red Series will visit 12 cities, the Arena Championship Central Series visits 11, with the West division hosting 14 and the East division 19, for a total of 70 events in both large and mid-sized markets.

Cooper Webb is the defending Supercross champion and he capped off his 2021 run with an eighth victory in the season-ender in Salt Lake City.

Ryan Anderson and Bakugan Dragonoid denied Todd LeDuc’s Monster Energy truck from winning back-to-back championships last year in a close battle separated by 20 points.

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.