Madeline Stewart is set to race in Sprint Challenge North America as part of a two-year programme with JDX Racing that will see her make the step into Carrera Cup North America in 2024.
Coming off the back of two seasons in the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia, Madeline will be making the transition into racing in the United States with reigning Porsche Carrera Cup North America champions JDX Racing.
The Queensland based Kiwi will spend her year travelling between Australia and the USA to fulfill her racing commitments and is looking forward to the challenge of racing in a new championship.
“I’m really excited for this new opportunity, racing in America. JDX have such a great pedigree and had such a strong 2022 Carrera Cup Campaign. I’m really looking forward to working with them and I’m confident that I’ll learn a lot. It’s also great to have Byers Porsche on board for 2023 and I’m excited to build a relationship with them.
This will be my first time racing a Porsche 992 Cup Car and to have the chance to race at such iconic circuits such as Sebring, Circuit of the Americas and the Indy Road Course is a dream come true. We’ve had a successful first test at Barber Motorsport Park so I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”
The series in America is run to closely simulate GT3 racing with rolling starts, ABS and traction control. It provides a logical next step in the Porsche Pyramid and helps open many opportunities for the future.
This week, Madeline completed her first test with JDX Racing at Barber International Raceway in Alabama. She will spend the next week in Colorado with team before heading to Florida for a two-day test at Sebring. JDX Racing co-owner, Jeremy Dale, was impressed by Madeline’s first test.
“We are very excited about our program with Madeline. She is very focused and serious about her goals in motorsport, and we intend to give her all the tools she needs to achieve those goals. Sprint Challenge is quickly becoming a proving ground for young drivers on their way to Carrera Cup, and we think this program is ideal preparation for our planned 2024 campaign in the ultra-competitive Carrera Cup North America championship. We have just completed our first test at Barber, and Madeline did an exceptional job in her first outing in the 992 Cup Car. I want to thank Madeline and her sponsors for having the confidence in JDX Racing to guide her on her journey. We’re all in!”
Madeline’s first race will be at Sebring, Florida, 24-26 March.
2023 Sprint Challenge North America Schedule
Sebring International Raceway 24-26 March (USAC)
Barber Motorsport Park 28-30 April (IndyCar)
Virginia International Raceway 2-4 June (USAC)
Mid-Ohio 30 June – 2 July (IndyCar)
Road America 11-13 August (USAC)
Circuit of the Americas 25-27 August (USAC)
Indy Road Course 6-8 October (GT World Challenge USA)