2022 W Series features two U.S. races with a return to COTA and debut in Miami

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Following a successful American debut in 2021 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the W Series – an all-female racing league – will host two events in the United States in 2022.

The two US races are part of an eight-race schedule for the series. All W Series races in 2022 will be held in conjunction with Formula 1 events.

The series, designed to give female drivers international exposure in equally prepared cars, kicks off the 2022 season on May 6-8, as part of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix at the brand-new Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The COTA event with be next-to-last race on the calendar, Oct. 21-23, with the season finale held in Mexico City one week later.

In 2021, Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell entered the final weekend tied in points. Chadwick took the title after winning the final two races.

“W Series’ expansion continues with the announcement of our 2022 race calendar which will see us visit more circuits and countries in a single season than ever before,” said Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of the W Series, in a release. “Last year, we began a landmark partnership with Formula 1 and our talented grid of female racing drivers proved that they belong on motor racing’s greatest stage. Their skill and determination captivated audiences around the world, culminating in a thrilling season-ending double header in Austin, Texas, USA, where a record crowd of 400,000 people attended the race weekend and saw Jamie Chadwick successfully defend her W Series title.

“I am delighted that we will be returning to the Circuit of the Americas, Silverstone and Hungary in 2022, and excited to take W Series to Miami, Spain, France, Mexico and Japan for the first time – the latter representing another landmark achievement for W Series as we make our debut in Asia.

“We have always stated our intention to make the series a truly global movement and this calendar is the next step towards achieving that.”

The two US races represent a heightened interest in the American market for both the W Series and F1. The W Series has already announced plans to host a testing session that will be conducted Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 at Inde Motorsports Ranch near Tucson, Arizona that features three American racers, Madison Aust, 16, Chloe Chambers, 17, and Lindsay Brewer, 24, among the 14 invited.

Three of the 2022 races represent a return to a track that hosted an event in 2021, giving the drivers an opportunity to build upon their set of notes. The other five will be new venues, including the first appearance in Asia at the Suzuka Circuit as part of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend in October.

2022 W Series Schedule

May 6-8: Miami, USA
May 20-22: Barcelona, Spain
July 1-3: Silverstone, United Kingdom
July 22-24: Le Castellet, France
July 29-31: Budapest, Hungary
October 7-9: Suzuka, Japan
October 21-23: Austin, USA
October 28-30 Mexico City, Mexico

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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