Teenager Chloe Chambers speeds into motorsports career as W Series driver

Chloe Chambers during the W Series testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.
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After kicking off her career in motorsports in kart racing, New York resident Chloe Chambers zoomed into the headlines in 2020 when she set the Guinness World Record for the fastest vehicular slalom at just 16 years old – and without her driver’s license. Two years later, Chambers — who turned 18 earlier this month and just graduated from high school — is two races into her first full season as a driver in the W Series, a free-to-enter championship series designed to provide equal opportunities for women by eliminating the financial barriers that have historically prevented them from progressing to the upper echelons of motorsports.

Chambers, driving the No. 8 for Jenner Racing, earned her full-time seat for 2022 after impressing during pre-season tests at the Inde Motorsports Ranch in Arizona and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. She made her official series debut in May in Miami, where she qualified 11th and finished in 16th (of 18). Chambers followed up with another 16th-place finish in Barcelona last month, and she currently stands 14th in overall points ranking ahead of the series’ third stop England’s Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit (July 1-2).

Chambers recently spoke to On Her Turf about her expectations for her first season with the W Series.

The following Q&A has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

On Her Turf: I’m sure you’ve gotten this question before, but how on earth does a teenager get into motorsports?

Chloe Chambers: I started karting when I was 8 years old. I got into that through watching Formula 1 on the weekends with my dad and my mom. And [Dad] did track days and auto-cross events in his car, and I traveled along with him with my mom. At one of his events, I had asked when can I drive? My parents started researching and they figured out that karting was the first step getting into professional motorsports. So, they found a local kart track near my house, and we did my first lesson. I loved it. I kept going with it. I moved from the club level into regional and the nationals.

Last year I moved into cars, and I drove in the F4 U.S. Championship, which is like it goes F1, F2, F3, F4 – so F4 is like the lowest, and then F1 is like the pinnacle of it. I did that for a year and then earlier this year, I got an invite to come out to Arizona and do a test with W series. Then I went to Barcelona last month and I mean that’s basically what how it went and now I’m here.

OHT: What is your favorite thing about motorsports? 

Chambers: I would say the competition. I really like the head-to-head type of competition. I like that it’s just you as the driver that makes a difference on the track. Like, the driver will make the biggest difference. Obviously, you have a team, and you have to make sure the car is set up right, you have to make sure everything is working properly, but the driver ultimately will make the biggest difference. I think that I got that competitiveness from doing swimming. I swam for almost my entire life, and I just loved being able to visually see my competition, know that ‘Oh, I need to go faster.’ I guess once I started racing, it kind of turned into my favorite sport – being motorsports and racing and driving. Swimming, I do it just as like a training type of thing, but I still enjoy it.

OHT: A couple years ago, when you broke the world record for the fastest vehicle slalom, you didn’t have your driver’s license at the time, right? Have you gotten it since?

Chambers: I have gotten it. At the time that I did the record, I had my permit.

OHT: Safe to assume you passed on the first go? 

Chambers: I did, yeah.

OHT: For motorsports fans who aren’t as familiar, how would you describe the W Series?

Chambers: The main thing is that it’s an all-women’s series. And in racing, it’s a very male-dominated sport. The W Series gives 18 seats to 18 different women to progress and learn and get their name out and put them in the spotlight. We race at eight F1 races this year, and you know, F1 is the top level of open-wheel motorsports. To be on the stage with F1, it gives W Series and its drivers a lot of exposure. It helps us out a lot and so far, it’s helped me out a ton. I’ve never raced in anything as high profile as this – it’s a brand-new experience for me. The cars are different from what I’ve ever ran, the team is completely different, but I think that it’s really professional, it’s really well run, and I’m enjoying driving the cars a lot and working with everyone. And of course, I love going to the Formula 1 races. I’d actually never been to one before this, and to be here – it’s pretty crazy, but I’m loving it.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL — Chloe Chambers looks on from the cockpit of her race car prior to the W Series race qualification on May 7, 2022. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OHT: [Two-time W Series champion] Jamie Chadwick is on your team. What does it actually mean to be teammates? Is there anything that you’re looking forward to learning from her?

Chambers: Jamie has been basically the benchmark – everybody’s trying to be her. She’s a two-time champion (2019, 2021). To have her on my team and be pretty accessible for me – that helps out a lot. Of course, we do a lot of media stuff together, so we’ve talked, and we’ve done a bunch of other stuff like we went out to Malibu to meet [Jenner Racing team owner Caitlyn Jenner] just before Miami, so I got to speak with her there.

Jamie has said that she doesn’t think that she’ll be able to actually teach me anything, but I think so far, she has taught me some things. I think that Jamie is very professional and carries herself really well off the track, and of course, she’s a pretty talented driver. I’m just looking to learn whatever I can from her and Caitlyn. I wouldn’t say there’s one specific thing that I’m excited to learn, I guess we’ll just have to see.

OHT: You (just graduated) from high school. Any plans to go to college or are you just focused on racing? 

Chambers: I’m planning on doing the online program at Arizona State, and I’ll do that for business management. The online program just works out so much better with my racing schedule. And I think that it’s important to get your education and to get a college degree. So that’s always been kind of a big thing with my family. We’ve always said my education comes first. If I can’t perform well in school, I can’t go racing. So…

OHT: In terms of racing, what are your goals looking ahead?

Chambers: I started racing through watching Formula 1, so I’ve always wanted to be like the Formula 1 drivers. That’s why I started racing, and so my goal has always been to get into Formula 1. But I’ve kind of deliberately said that I want to get into Formula 1 and be able to compete and be able to win. I don’t just want to get in it, and then be in it and not really accomplish much.

I want to do the Indy 500, of course. It’s a huge race in America, and I would love to just do it. And then this year, I started doing some more sportscar closed-wheel races, and I figured out that I really enjoy that. And it’s something that you can do well after you’re done with open-wheel racing, because it’s much more physical and sportscars are not as much. But I think that I’ve enjoyed sports cars so much that I’ve also added in the Daytona 24 and the Le Mans 24, as well, and just some of those more iconic, endurance sports car races.

OHT: When you have a free moment, what do you like to do for fun?

Chambers: I like hanging out with friends and doing just normal teenage-life type of things. In my free time, I do enjoy going on the simulator and not doing it quite as seriously, but just having fun with some friends. And I like being alone a lot, so I like watching Netflix or YouTube.

OHT: A lot of people can relate to that, I’m sure! Last question: For young kids that are interested in getting into racing, what advice would you give to them?

Chambers: I would just say that it’s going to take a lot of work, and you’re going to have to stay really committed and you’re going to have to work really hard. You have to take in everything as a learning experience, whether that’s a win or a loss. Actually, the losses are usually a bigger learning experience than the wins, and you have to be able to cope with that. So I mean, just work really hard and if you really love it, then that shouldn’t be a problem.

On Her Turf writer Lisa Antonucci contributed to this report.

2023 March Madness: Utah Utes engineer dramatic turnaround for third-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance

Members of the Utah Utes celebrate their win over the Princeton Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Womens Basketball Tournament.
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The No. 2-seeded Utah (27-4) women’s basketball team held off a pesky 10th-seeded Princeton squad on Sunday, winning 63-56 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships for the first time since 2005-06 and just the third time in the program’s history.

“I’m proud of our team,” said eighth-year head coach Lynne Roberts after the second-round win at Utah’s Hunstman Center. “We set out to do this a year ago. We lost in this game at University of Texas and the goal was to be able to host (this year) so that we could have that home-court advantage and it made a difference.”

Utah’s fourth-year junior Alissa Pili backed up her recent second-team All-American honor with another 20-plus-point performance, scoring 28 on 8-for 13 shooting with 10 rebounds and going 11-for 13 on free throws. Sophomore forward Jenna Johnson added 15 points and six rebounds.

There’s been a lot of talk this weekend about how the Utes’ previous few seasons have ended – beginning with a rough 14-17 season that was cut short in 2020 due to the pandemic, followed by an abysmal 5-16 record in 2020-21. But the tide turned last year, as Utah rebounded with a 21-12 season that ended with a 78-56 loss to Texas in Austin in the second round of the NCAA tournament one year ago.

So, what changed?

“Last year, everyone was new to the NCAA tournament, so I think everyone was just experiencing it for the first time,” mused Johnson. “Losing in the second round last year, we’re definitely a lot hungrier this year, and then obviously hosting in Salt Lake, it’s fun just being in your own environment, to be around your own fans. I think it gives us an elevated level of confidence, both knowing what it’s like it play in this tournament and also getting to be at home.”

“Yeah, freshman year was kind of rough,” added third-year sophomore Kennady McQueen, who chipped in nine points Sunday. “We did experience losing a lot. … Coach Roberts, she said we are not going to have another season like that. We all stood behind her — the people that stayed — and brought in great people like starting last year with Jenna and Gi (Gianna Kneepkens) and people like that who have had a huge impact in helping us to where we are today. …

“When you get together a group of people that have the same goal in mind and will do make anything to make it happen, I think that’s where we have seen our success rate going up. This past offseason, we just kept getting better, and of course, the addition of the Alissa Pili really helped. When you bring a group of girls that have the same dream and same goal at the end of the year and doesn’t care about personal stats more than winning, I think we get the season that we have today, and it prepares us for deep run in March.”

In particular, McQueen believe it was Utah’s improvement in their defense that was crucial to the turnaround. “Everyone knows how good we are on offense, but if we can’t get stops, it doesn’t matter how good you are on offense,” she said. “So that’s just been a key the whole past off-season and all of this season — just getting better on defense.”

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Roberts credits their defensive improvement with a “philosophical mindset change,” explaining, “We worked on [defense] a lot differently, a lot more intentionally. Strategically we made some changes of how we are going to defend, and I won’t bore you with that. But there was a lot, just different things because you have to play to your strengths. You can’t be a run-and-jump pressing team if you don’t have the depth and athletes to do it. You can’t be a zone team if you are not super big. You have to figure out what fits your personnel, and so that’s what we did.”

There’s also the undeniable impact of Pili, a transfer from USC who has found her stride as a Ute, where she recently was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

“She kind of is the straw that stirs the drink for us right now,” said Roberts of the 21-year-old Alaska native. “She’s a nightmare to defend because she can shoot the three, and she’s also really athletic and mobile, so it doesn’t matter who we are playing. I think you have to gameplan for her. But then with her three-point shooting, you know, you have to pick your poison.”

But Roberts also gave plenty of kudos to Johnson, whom she describes as “phenomenal.”

“She’s 19 going on 40,” Roberts said of Johnson. “She’s the most mature, even-keeled consistent player we have. What I love about her is she is who she is. She’s confident in who she is. She knows who she is. She also is incredibly busy off the court.

“We were talking as we were getting ready to watch film, just shooting the breeze a bunch of us, we were talking about movies. And she was like, Oh, I don’t watch movies. Why not? I don’t have time. I get bored. What do you mean you don’t have time? Do you watch shows? No, I don’t ever watch TV. It is because she is doing all of these other extracurricular activities.”

As for guiding to the Utes to becoming a championship program, Roberts still sees it as an uphill battle – but one that she and her players are ready for.

“I always use the analogy of pushing the boulder up the hill,” she said. “And doing things for the first time, you have to have that mindset. You have to keep pushing. It’s been incredibly fun to see the support, and I think the swell is a perfect word for it. Most importantly, our players feel it.

“This is why you play, right? And it means so much. I know I say it over and over, but this is not going to be a flash-in-the-pan [season]. This isn’t going to be a ‘Oh, remember that year they had such an incredible year?’ We are going to keep doing it.”

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2023 March Madness: Updated bracket, scores and schedule for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship


Editor’s note: We’ll keep this page updated, so be sure to check back here for winners, scores and next-round details as the tournament progresses.

The bracket for 2023 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship is officially set and defending champion South Carolina earned the No. 1 overall seed for the second straight season. A total of 68 teams will see tournament action, beginning with the “First Four” games on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by Round 1 play kicking off on Friday.

On Her Turf has compiled the matchups, sites and schedule for the tournament, which culminates Sunday, April 2 with the title game from American Airlines Center in Dallas.

2023 tournament No. 1 seeds:

  • South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Virginia Tech Hokies
  • Stanford Cardinal

Last four teams in the tournament:

  • Illinois
  • Mississippi State
  • Purdue
  • St. John’s

First four teams out of the tournament:

  • Columbia
  • Kansas
  • UMass
  • Oregon

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‘First Four’ game schedule

Wednesday, March 15

  • 7 p.m. ET: 11. Illinois vs. 11. Mississippi State (South Bend, Indiana)
    • Winner: Mississippi State, 70-56
  • 9 p.m. ET: 16 Southern U vs. 16 Sacred Heart (Stanford, California)
    • Winner: Sacred Heart, 57-47

Thursday, March 16

  • 7 p.m. ET: 11 Purdue vs. 11 St. John’s (Columbus, Ohio)
    • Winner: St. John’s, 66-64
  • 9 p.m. ET: 16 Tennessee Tech vs. 16 Monmouth (Greenville, S.C.)
    • Winner: Tennessee Tech, 79-69

Bracket, schedule* by region 

*Includes scores, game time and TV network, if available


Columbia, S.C.

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 1. South Carolina 72, 16. Norfolk State 40
    • 8. South Florida 67, 9. Marquette 65
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 1. South Carolina 76, 8. South Florida, 45

Los Angeles, California

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Oklahoma 85, 12. Portland 63
    • 4. UCLA 67, 13. Sacramento State 45
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 4. UCLA vs. 5. Oklahoma, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

South Bend, Indiana

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 6. Creighton 66, 11. Mississippi State 81 (First Four winner)
    • 3. Notre Dame 82, 14. Southern Utah 56
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 3. Notre Dame 53, 11. Mississippi State 48

College Park, Maryland

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 7. Arizona 75, 10. West Virginia 62
    • 2. Maryland 93, 15. Holy Cross 61
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 2. Maryland 77, 7. Arizona 64


Bloomington, Indiana

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 1. Indiana 77, 16. Tennessee Tech 47 (First Four winner)
    • 8. Oklahoma State 61, 9. Miami 62 (FL)
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 1. Indiana vs. 9. Miami, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Villanova, Pennsylvania

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Washington State 63, 12. FGCU 74
    • 4. Villanova 76, 13. Cleveland State 59
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 12. FGCU vs. 4. Villanova, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 6. Michigan 71, 11. UNLV 59
    • 3. LSU 73, 14. Hawaii 50
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 6. Michigan vs. 3. LSU, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 7. N.C. State 63, 10. Princeton 64
    • 2. Utah 103, 15. Gardner-Webb 77
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 2. Utah vs. 10. Princeton, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)


 Blacksburg, Virginia

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 1. Virginia Tech 58, 16. Chattanooga 33
    • 8. Southern California 57, 9. South Dakota State 62
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 1. Virginia Tech 72, South Dakota State, 60

Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Iowa State 73, 12. Toledo 80
    • 4. Tennessee 95, 13. Saint Louis 50
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 12. Toledo vs. 4. Tennessee, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Columbus, Ohio

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 6. North Carolina 61, 11. St. John’s  59 (First Four winner)
    • 3. Ohio State 80, 14. James Madison 66
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 3. Ohio State vs. 6. North Carolina, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Storrs, Connecticut

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 7. Baylor 78, 10. Alabama 74
    • 2. UConn 95, 15. Vermont 52
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 2. UConn vs. 7. Baylor, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)


Stanford, California

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 1. Stanford 92, 16. Sacred Heart 49 (First Four winner)
    • 8. Ole Miss 71, 9. Gonzaga 48
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 1. Stanford vs. 8. Ole Miss, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Austin, Texas 

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 5. Louisville 83, 12. Drake 81
    • 4. Texas 79, 13. East Carolina 40
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 4. Texas vs. 5. Louisville, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Durham, N.C. 

  • Round 1 — Saturday, March 18:
    • 6. Colorado 82, 11. Middle Tennessee State 60
    • 3. Duke 89, 14. Iona 49
  • Round 2 — Monday, March 20:
    • 3. Duke vs. Colorado, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Iowa City, Iowa 

  • Round 1 — Friday, March 17:
    • 7. Florida State 54, 10. Georgia 66
    • 2. Iowa 95, 15. Southeastern Louisiana 43
  • Round 2 — Sunday, March 19:
    • 2. Iowa 74, 10. Georgia 66

Regionals/Final Four schedule, how to watch

Sweet 16: Friday and Saturday, March 24-25; Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C., host: Southern Conference and Furman; and Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, hosts: Seattle and Seattle Sports Commission

Elite 8: Sunday and Monday, March 26-27; Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C., host: Southern Conference and Furman; and Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, hosts: Seattle and Seattle Sports Commission

Final 4: Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN); American Airlines Center, Dallas; hosts: Big 12 Conference and Dallas Sports Commission

Championship Game: Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m. ET (ABC); American Airlines Center, Dallas; hosts: Big 12 Conference and Dallas Sports Commission

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