One of Europe’s biggest female racing names comes to America to join Andretti Autosport at Indy NXT
Chadwick entered the “free-to-enter” W Series women’s championship in its inaugural 2019 season. That season, he finished with two race victories and three podiums on his way to the 2019 W Series Championship.
It also won the W Series Championship in 2021 and 2022. He has been named a Formula 1 Reserve Driver for Williams Racing and will continue to be part of the Williams Racing Academy in an advanced role in 2023.
“I am very excited to join Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy NXT season with DHL,” said Chadwick. “My aim is always to challenge myself and continue my progress as a driver, and this represents not only a big step but also a big step towards my goal of competing in the highest categories of single-seater racing. Andretti Autosport’s place in the sport is unrivaled and in such a prestigious position. “I hope to bring more success to a team. I can’t wait to get started.”
Andretti Autosport CEO and President Michael Andretti believes Chadwick has the ability to eventually rise to the NTT IndyCar Series.
“Andretti Autosport is proud to support Jamie with DHL for the 2023 Indy NXT season,” Andretti said. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue his development in a new racing genre. DHL is an established team partner; We are delighted to welcome them to the Indy NXT series and are excited to welcome Jamie to the team.
“We’ve released five Indy NXT champions over the years and we look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”
Chadwick will drive a car sponsored by DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company. DHL has been working with Andretti Autosport on the NTT IndyCar Series since 2010, with drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2010-2021 and Romain Grosjean in 2022.
“DHL is proud to partner with Jamie as he takes the next progressive step in his motorsport career,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “As the most international company in the world, DHL has a strong focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Jamie is a great example of inclusion and female empowerment in motorsport.
“In our second year as ‘The #1 Workplace to Work’ we want to further strengthen our position on diversity and inclusion, and we feel that partnership with Jamie is a great platform to do this through the values we both share.
“We are excited to be a part of Jamie’s journey. We’ve been watching and following him on the W Series for a while. We were already in the process of negotiating with his camp about how we can support next steps, and suddenly Michael and I are chatting and he says, “Hey, we’re looking at Jamie Chadwick.”
“This has been a great opportunity to partner with Michael again and continue to support Jamie’s journey, and we think it will be great not just for the IndyCar Series and Jamie Chadwick, but for DHL, its customers and employees.” , as well as for Andretti Autosport. And there’s no better partner here than Michael to bring Jamie into the Andretti family.
Chadwick’s debut with Andretti Autosport will be held on March 3-5, 2023 for the 2023 Indy NXT season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Andretti Autosport joins Indy NXT teammates Hunter McElrea (No. 27 Dallara) and Louis Foster (No. 26 Dallara) and becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United Extreme E.
“I think the first thing he brings is talent,” Andretti said. “I think he’s a proven winner. We’re excited to give him a chance to rise to Indy NXT. It has already shown great potential in tests. It’s running at full speed. I expect good things from Jamie this year.
“We are excited. We are delighted that DHL is here to support Jamie and us, and they have been a great partner to us and a part of our family for many years. It was very exciting to be able to put this whole deal together, to have another yellow car.”
Three-time W Series Champion Chadwick began looking into his next logical step in the race. Although Formula 1 is considered the pinnacle of international motorsport, the opportunities to enter this series are very slim.
He started looking at IndyCar and what it had to offer international drivers and decided to go from Europe to the United States.
“It’s one thing to have the opportunity to step up and advance in the championship like Indy NXT now, but it’s another thing to be doing it with a team like Andretti,” he said. “I think everybody wants these opportunities and very few people have them. I’m very, very grateful. It wouldn’t have been possible without people like DHL. I’m really excited.
“I first came in earlier in the year to test with the team and had a really good feeling about it. I was in the process of weighing the options. Should I stay in Europe? I think where is the best move for me beyond the W Series?
“The feeling I felt in America, at the Indy NXT championship and the team at Andretti naturally felt like a good fit. I’m so excited. It will be a good step. There’s a lot of hard work to be done in the next few months, but I’m excited about this and looking forward to what’s to come.”
As a driver who grew up following the greats of Formula 1, Chadwick is still part of the Williams Racing Young Driver’s Academy.
When asked if he would one day like to advance to Formula 1 or choose a career in IndyCar, Chadwick’s response was very impressive.
“Honestly, I’d say both,” Chadwick said. “I am not limiting or closing any doors in this next step.
“Ultimately, I still see IndyCar as a definite future goal, and also ultimately see Formula 1, if it’s still possible, also as an ultimate dream.
“For myself, I want to be successful in the next step outside of the W Series, which is the Indy NXT Championship. Beyond that, there are many different things I want to achieve and ultimately do in the sport, whether in IndyCar, Formula 1 or even sports cars.
“There’s a lot on the to-do list.”
Chadwick, 24, grew up on the Isle of Man and was educated at Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire, a county in Southwest England.
He also competed in the Race of Champions with David Coulthard of Scotland, the former Formula 1 star, and raced in Extreme E.
DHL and Andretti Autosport could take advantage of some tremendous commercial opportunities with Chadwick if he becomes a racing star.
“Yes, absolutely,” Andretti admitted. “I don’t know for how long. We’ve had many female drivers – I’d probably say five or six total. We gave a woman her first win at Motegi, which was Danica Patrick. That’s why we always support it.
“But ultimately, I’m still looking for the best talent to drive our cars. Jamie shows that. I think he can win in that series and if you’re going to win in the Indy NXT series, you’ll be able to go and win in the big cars.
“Our goal here with Jamie is to do that. Then the commercial side follows it, but we still have to take the performance side out of it. It should be a legitimate effort.”
Chadwick knows that to be the next face of women in motorsport, her success must be authentic and legitimate.
“As Michael points out, performance is everything,” he said. “If I’m doing well in Indy NXT, if I’m winning, then I think I deserve the opportunity to progress. And vice versa, I think it’s also important to have the opportunity to perform.
“To have the chance to be with the best team in the best environment right now is very important to perform, but I think ultimately, it’s about performance.
“If I can perform, hopefully it will give me a chance to race in places like IndyCar and we’ll see Formula 1.”
“It gives me that chance.”