Felix Rosenqvist re-signs with McLaren but could move from IndyCar to Formula E

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McLaren Racing isn’t done with Felix Rosenqvist, signing the Swedish driver to a multiyear contract extension without designating whether he would remain in the NTT IndyCar Series.

McLaren indicated Rosenqvist could be shifted to its new Formula E program when it launches in 2023.

“McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver lineups for 2023 with the newly formed McLaren Formula E Team set to embark on its debut season in the all-electric racing series, and plans to expand Arrow McLaren SP into a three-car team with Felix set to be driving in one of the two series,” the team said.

Rosenqvist is in his second season driving the No. 7 in IndyCar for McLaren, but the team is expanding to three cars next season and already has announced 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will be part of the lineup.

The jockeying for Rosenqvist’s seat has flipped over the last few months with reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou, six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, rising star Rinus VeeKay and Rosenqvist all mentioned as possibilities.

Rosenqvist is close with current IndyCar teammate Pato O’Ward, and his recent performance has helped his case for keeping his job. He has four consecutive top-10 finishes and was fourth in the Indianapolis 500.

“With the team expanding into Formula E next season, it provides additional opportunities for me both in the USA and Europe and I look forward to being in a position to announce my plans in the coming weeks,” Rosenqvist said. “I’m excited and grateful to be given this opportunity to explore the new options available to utilize my experience to help McLaren start 2023 on the strongest possible footing.”

Rosenqvist is in his fourth full season of IndyCar, his first two years spent with Chip Ganassi Racing. He was rookie of the year in 2019 and scored his only IndyCar win the next season.

Rosenqvist previously raced three seasons in Formula E from 2016 to 2019. He won three races, six poles and seven podiums.

McLaren Racing head Zak Brown called Rosenqvist “a fantastic racer, with a lot of experience in many different types of racing cars.”

“As a proven race winner in both categories, it was important for us to secure his talent within the McLaren Racing family as we work to finalize our plans for 2023,” Brown said. “His experience in Formula E would be invaluable as we head into this exciting new era of racing for McLaren Racing but he has also made a fantastic contribution to our IndyCar team. I look forward to working together with him to finalize the best opportunity for him next season.”

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.