24 years old from bath She won the women’s only W series and boasts three wins.
The W Series was established in 2019 as a stepping stone to F1. However, despite Chadwick’s success, she failed to enter her F1 feeder category.
There are also big questions about the future of W Series, which was forced to abandon its most recent season due to financial difficulties.
After moving to America, Chadwick will become the first female driver to race full-time in the Indy NXT Series since fellow British Pippa Mann in 2010.
“I am very excited to join Andretti Autosport for the 2023 INDY NXT season,” said Chadwick, who will make his debut at the season opener in Florida on March 5.
“My goal is always to challenge myself and continue to progress as a driver.This is not only a big step up, but a big step towards my goal of competing in the highest category of single-seater racing. It is also a step.
“Andretti Autosport’s position in the sport is second to none and we hope to bring even more success to such a prestigious team. I can’t wait to get started.”
Andretti Autosport is owned by a former F1 driver. Michael Andrettiand the son of world champion Mario Andretti.
“We have produced five INDY NXT Champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in fostering new talent.”
Chadwick’s move to America underscores that F1 has not put an end to its near-half-century drought of female drivers.
It’s been 46 years and eight years since the Italian woman, Lella Lombardi, entered Formula 1 racing. Susie WolfMarried to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and participated in Grand Prix practice sessions.
Last month, F1 bosses announced the F1 Academy, a category dedicated to women. This is due to start next year.
F1 will subsidize the budget of £130,000 for each of the 15 cars, with drivers paying the same amount and the teams covering the rest.
The series will consist of 21 races (three races over seven rounds) and will appear on the undercard of at least one F1 event.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/jamie-chadwick-british-bath-michael-andretti-susie-wolff-b2237028.html British driver Jamie Chadwick is ‘very excited’ to join Andretti Autosport