Jamie Chadwick Wins First Indy NXT Pole with Quick Lap at Road America

elkhart lake, wi during the xpel grand prix at road america in elkhart lake, wisconsin photo by joe skibinski ims photo
Jamie Chadwick Wins First Indy NXT PolePenske Entertainment/Joe Skibinski

Jamie Chadwick is starting to make her mark in the Indy NXT Series.

Chadwick, a second-year driver for Andretti Global in IndyCar's top development series, won her first career pole on Saturday, capturing the top spot in qualifying at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.

She's just the third female driver to win an Indy NXT pole and first since Pippa Mann in 2010 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“I’m so happy,” Chadwick said. “We struggled a little bit this weekend chasing balance. When (teammate) Louis (Foster) did the lap he did, I knew we would have a good car. Track conditions improving, this is our shot in our group, as well. I really thought we could make the most of this opportunity.


“It’s going to be a tough day tomorrow, but I’m confident in what we can do.”

The 26-year-old Chadwick came into the Indy NXT Series a year ago after having won all three championships in the Formula 1-inspired all-female W Series from 2019-2022 (there was no championship in 2020 due to the pandemic) before moving into the IndyCar ladder with Andretti.

Chadwick comes into Road America riding some momentum from last week's race at Detroit, where she qualified a career-best fourth before finishing 12th. She's currently 13th in the Indy NXT points.

Chadwick's teammate Louis Foster made it an all-Andretti front row for Sunday's race by qualifying second. Foster is hoping to become the first Indy NXT driver to win three consecutive races in the series since Linus Lundqvist in 2022.

Lundqvist is on the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race at Road America.