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Indy NXT Road America: Chadwick scored a breakthrough victory

The Briton was forced to fend off rivals after multiple restarts, including one red flag, over the course of greater than 20 laps of the race to say her first victory in IndiaCar development category.

She edged teammate Louis Foster by 0.8203 seconds over the 7.014-mile, 14-turn natural terrain course. She is the third woman to win India NXTafter Anna Beatriz in 2008 (Nashville Speedway) and 2009 (Iowa Speedway) and Pippa Mann in 2010 (Kentucky Speedway).

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“Oh, my word,” Chadwick said after the race.

“To be honest, a little emotional. We had an amazing car this year and we just couldn't do anything with it, so I'm very happy. We hung in there with a red flag at the end. I said, “Come on. We started losing some tires. Louis took one look and I just knew I had to play aggressively. I know they have to worry about the championship, but I had to keep my head down. I really wanted to win today and I'm very grateful to the Andretti guys. Honestly, it's been a tough year and they've helped me a lot, so this is for them.”

Foster retained second place, 0.0236 seconds behind championship rival Jacob Abel (Abel Motorsports).

HMD Motorsports were represented in fourth to seventh, with Reece Gold leading Caio Collet, Callum Hedge and Josh Pierson.

Bryce Aron (Andretti Global) in eighth, followed by Yuven Sundaramoorthy (Abel Motorsports) and Nolan Allaer (HMD Motorsports) in ninth and tenthvolappropriately.

Race

Chadwick rose to the challenge for the leader moments after the green flag was given to Andretti's teammate Louis Foster, who ran wide in the primary corner and dropped to 3rd.

Foster's move allowed championship leader Jacob Abel, who began fourth, to maneuver as much as second and chase Chadwick for the following few laps.

However, a caution was issued on lap 3 after James Roe (Andretti Global) was hit by HMD Motorsports driver Kiko Porto, who was replacing Nolan Siegel, who withdrew from the weekend to concentrate on a sudden IndiaJuncos Hollinger Racing automobile bargain. Roe ran much slower after suffering damage to his front wing following contact with Salvador de Alba Jr. (Andretti Cape) earlier within the lap before Porto hit him from behind in Turn 7.

The pair continued with Roe receiving a brand new front wing and returning to motion a lap down. Porto received a drive-through penalty consequently of the contact.

Chadwick brought the race to a restart on lap 6, however the caution reappeared 4 laps later when Alba stopped on the right track on the exit of Turn 14 as a consequence of electrical problems.

A restart on lap 12 allowed Foster to pass Abel and take second place. Abel tried to defend himself, but to no avail.

The pressure increased as Chadwick got here under fire from Foster for the race lead. However, Chadwick held her own for the following three laps. Foster's press opened the door for Abel, who entered Turn 1 second with five laps remaining. However, moments later Foster was struggling to regain the runner-up position, with Chadwick overtaking fourth-placed Foster, Abel and Collet, who was starting to return into the frame.

The yellow flag was raised for the third time behind Myles Roe (HMD Motorsports with Force India) hit the within curb of Turn 1 while attempting to overtake Michael d'Orlando (Andretti Cape) for 10vol, which caused his automobile to develop into airborne momentarily because it veered sideways and backed into the surface of Abel Motorsports' Jordan Missig. The momentum of contact threw them each into the gravel trap.

Ultimately, the incident resulted in a red flag three laps from the finish.

After a brief break, the race resumed with a shootout with two laps remaining as Chadwick led the sphere into Turn 1 with Foster tucked in behind.

The gap between the leaders was several automobile lengths, with Chadwick hanging on to Foster and Abel.

However, Gold (HMD Motorsports) managed to climb to fourth place after overtaking Collet.

Chadwick prolonged her lead over Foster on the ultimate lap and held it all of the method to the finish to secure her first win of the season India NXT.

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