In the past three years, Christina Nielsen has earned three podium finishes, one in each season, at the Belle Isle street course in Detroit. On June 2, she looks to continue her streak of success in the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Detroit Grand Prix. In this IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, her co-driver Patrick Long will share the Wright Motorsports machine for the one hour, forty-minute sportscar race in Michigan.
“Detroit is super cool,” Nielsen said. “It’s gotten bumpy over the years, which has made it even more challenging! Since the track is a street circuit, our qualifying session and starts are going to be very important. Executing clean pit stops and racing smart will help us get good results.”
Nielsen will also host a few special guests at the Wright Motorsports paddock — a group of students from an all-girls’ school who attended a special talk with the sportscar driver earlier this year. She was chosen to address the selected school on behalf of the series as part of a media day organized by IMSA and Penske. At just 26, Nielsen is the two-time, defending IMSA GTD-class title holder. Part of her chat with the students pointed out that the fact that she is a female driver doesn’t define or distract from her status as a winning racer.
“This weekend, girls from the Detroit International Academy of Young Women are coming out to the race track to visit us,” she continued. “When I met with them a few months ago at a Comerica Bank event, we spoke about the STEM program and job opportunities within racing. I shared with them that, even though it feels like racing is dominated by men, it’s also possible for women to work and succeed in racing. I want them to come to the race paddock to see this firsthand and to experience our race.”
Immediately after the IMSA event, Nielsen will fly to France to be at the Circuit de la Sarthe by the following morning, in preparation for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans race. On June 16 and 17, the Porsche Selected Driver will compete there for the third consecutive year as part of an elite group of less than two hundred world-class drivers — another testament to her great talent at a young age. She’ll be working with Italian team Ebimotors and its Porsche 911 RSR for this world-renowned endurance event.
Watch Christina’s next IMSA race, the Detroit Grand Prix, on June 1 and 2. Qualifying takes place from 5:20 to 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, and the race starts at 12:40 p.m. the following day.
Source. Christina Nielsen Racing