Christina Nielsen teams up with Ashton Harrison for GTWC America finale
Multi-championship winning driver Christina Nielsen will team up with Pro-Am title contenders Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher for the 8H of Indianapolis, season finale of the GT World Challenge America.
She made history in 2016, when she became the first woman to win a major sports car championship in North America: two-time IMSA champion Christina Nielsen is one of these drivers whose names will remain in history books.
Nielsen claimed her first title in the GTD class with Scuderia Corsa, and went on to repeat the achievement one year later.
Nielsen then partnered Pippa Mann, Célia Martin and Carrie Schrainer in an all-female effort at the 2021 24 hours of the Nurburgring - and won in class in extremely difficult conditions at the Nordschleife.
The 30-year-old Danish star is now joining forces with Racers Edge Motorsports for the 8 Hours of Indianapolis, bringing her sportscar experience to the team in its quest to secure the ProAm title in GTWC America season finale.
Nielsen will race alongside Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher in the #93 Harrison Contracting Acura NSX GT3 Evo22. Harrison - one of the most exciting female GT3 racers worldwide - is in fact second in the ProAm standings after a remarkable rookie season in the SRO championship.
Harrison made her GT3 debut last year at the 8 Hours of Indianapolis, claiming an outstanding victory. Together with experienced German racer Mario Farnbacher, she has secured six podiums to date in 2022, including two class victories.
Christina Nielsen is therefore an excellent addition to the team.
“I’m super excited to be joining Racers Edge Motorsports, Ashton and Mario at the Indianapolis 8-hour event,” said Nielsen. “I was lucky enough to join the team at one of the HPD Driver Academy events and it was amazing to be back behind the wheel of the Acura GT3 NSX.”
Nielsen has previously raced in GT World Challenge Asia and the Intercontinental GT Challenge (2019), and drove the Acura NSX GT3 in 2019 for Meyer-Shank Racing/Heinricher Racing in another all-female crew.
“(The HPD Driver Academy) was my first time at Indy so it was nice to get familiar with the track and shake off the rust." - she continued. "I had a great first impression of the team; they have a super nice environment to work within and are also professional so that makes me even more excited for the race."
"The whole team has had a strong performance this season, so I feel very lucky that I get to join and support such a strong effort.”
Racers Edge Motorsport currently sits only two points behind the ProAm championship leaders, with two rounds left on the calendar.
“With the championship at stake, it’s critical to bring in just the right driver to join the lineup for the season finale where three drivers are required,” Racers Edge Motorsports' team owner Jon Mirachi added.
“Christina has the right experience and the speed we need to help us go for the win and the championship. I couldn’t think of a better choice, and we’re excited to have her behind the wheel!”
The 8H of Indianapolis, part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, is scheduled for October 8 and will award double points.