American driver Ashton Harrison has been selected for the HPD GT3 Driver Academy - a program that will help the first ever female winner of the Lamborghini Supertrofeo World Finals to further progress in endurance racing.
American Ashton Harrison will be joining the HPD GT3 Driver Academy in 2021, marking a significant achievement in the career of the current Trofeo Lamborghini North America driver. She will get the opportunity to drive the Acura NSX GT3 machine and will receive coaching from experienced HPD drivers, teams and personnel, in order to step up to the upper levels of endurance racing.
Harrison scored seven podiums out of the nine rounds in the Lamborghini Supertrofeo NA last year, as she shared the red Prestige Performance WTR Huracan with Andrea Amici. In 2019, she became the first ever woman to win the Lamborghini World Finals and was second in the championship in the LB Cup category.
The HPD Driver Academy aims to provide the necessary tools to upcoming talents in a four-week program that includes training on topics such driver changes, night driving, working and communication with engineers. Among the most recent alumni, there is fellow female racer Taylor Hagler, who made her debut in the GT World Challenge America earlier this year, having graduated from TCR machinery to GT3.
“I am so pumped to be joining the HPD Academy this season” - said Ashton Harrison.
“I’m very much looking forward to getting some seat time in the Acura NSX GT3 and working alongside some very, very talented Acura drivers. I am thankful to Harrison Contracting and Wayne Taylor Racing for setting this up and giving me the opportunity to grow into something new. It’s shaping up to be a busy year and I can’t wait to get the season started!” - she added.
In 2021, Ashton Harrison will be back to Wayne Taylor Racing for another Lamborghini Supertrofeo North America campaign in the #25 Harrison Contracting Huracan ST Evo.
She will again be competing in the Pro-Am class with works driver Andrea Amici, as previously reported.
Among the mentors of the HPD Driver Academy program, there will also be IMSA sportscar champion Ricky Taylor, who is looking forward to help Ashton in her next steps in motor racing: “Ashton is gearing up for a big season in 2021,” said the driver of the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05. “The Acura NSX GT3 Academy is going to be an incredible supplement to her program. She will gain some valuable time in the NSX GT3 with a top level team to round out some important details to make her an even more complete driver.”