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Two-year American deal for Stewart

ANOTHER Antipodean has secured a move to the United States, with Madeline Stewart inking a two-year deal to take her career abroad.

The Kiwi has signed with JDX Racing in an arrangement that will see her compete in Sprint Challenge North America this year before stepping up to Carrera Cup North America in 2024.

Stewart, who has two seasons’ worth of experience in Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia to her credit, follows somewhat in the footsteps of Nathan Herne whose first full American Trans Am campaign got underway on the weekend at Sebring.

“I’m really excited for this new opportunity, racing in America,” said Stewart.

“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 onboard 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.”

Madeline Stewart. Pic: Supplied

Stewart impressed JDX co-owner Jeremy Dale at Barber and has another two-day test coming up at Sebring.

“We are very excited about our program with Madeline,” said Dale.

“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.”

Stewart’s 2023 season gets underway at Sebring on March 24-26.

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