Andretti Autosport president J-F Thormann has been the driving drive behind the group’s Indy Lights and Highway To Indy applications for so long as the outfit has been concerned in junior open-wheel racing. Amongst all the future stars who’ve labored their approach via their Indy Lights program, few have drawn as a lot consideration as W Sequence champion Jamie Chadwick, who will conduct her first take a look at for the group on Wednesday in Sebring.
It’s solely a take a look at at this stage, however Thormann hopes it results in one thing greater between the Andretti group and the 24-year-old from England.
“It’s very cool, and we’re very completely happy and proud that that her administration selected us to see what the Indy Lights automotive looks like,” Thormann informed RACER. “In a way, I feel they finally noticed that we’re used to having ladies drivers on our group. We’ve had Danica [Patrick], Simona [De Silvestro], and Ana Beatriz race for us in IndyCar and that’s a part of our tradition that we’re happy with.
“I feel they notice we may very well be a reasonably respectable touchdown spot for them. And, and we’re wanting ahead to it. We’ve heard loads of good about her from the W Sequence individuals and a few drivers we all know who’ve stated she’s been unbelievable to work with.”
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Thormann says Chadwick’s made a robust impression already throughout her time with the group in Indianapolis for her seat becoming and preparation for the take a look at. Selections on the place the connection would possibly head will observe after the run on the outer loop of the famed Floridian street course.
“We wish to simply see how the take a look at goes, see how she feels in regards to the automobiles, and go from there,” he stated. “They’re a step up from what she’s used to, which is sweet, since you wish to positively go up, after which there’ll be the entire oval factor, and so forth, however I feel she’s prepared for it. She got here in with a superb angle, very sharp, very pleasant, saying hello to all people. And she or he’s enthusiastic about her take a look at. We fell like she’s actually ready.”