At their most recent race at Lime Rock Park, Christina Nielsen and the Wright Motorsports team felt the sting of unrealized potential on what would surely have been a podium finish for the Porsche outfit. That their race results were impeded by an event that was out of their hands has sparked an even stronger determination to leave a race weekend with a trophy in their hands, and the next chance for the team to do so is this weekend in Wisconsin. Nielsen and co-driver Patrick Long will race the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R at Elkhart Lake’s Road America on August 5, with the aim of further increasing the momentum that has built up to this event on the race calendar.
“We’re hungry for a podium after the last experience, so that’s definitely what we’re aiming for at Road America,” Nielsen said. “I feel confident about this weekend. We had a very good car at Lime Rock, so hopefully we can carry on the momentum from there. I’m looking forward to getting back in the Porsche.”
Nielsen has already earned two IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Challenge GTD-class podium finishes at this track, one in 2016 and one in 2015. She hopes to claim her third at this weekend’s two-hour, 40-minute race, which is set in the scenic, green hills of Wisconsin. “Elkhart Lake is a cool place,” Nielsen said. “It’s a small town that has a really cool race vibe and has beautiful surroundings. It’s another one of those old-school American circuits, which are so fun.”
Lap times at Road America are just over two minutes long, which is more than double than those of the last race at Lime Rock.
“As in the past, strategy is important here, which the team has really been on top of lately,” Nielsen continued. “That’s important, as Road America is the opposite of Lime Rock, which is a short track. For a series like IMSA, which is a multi-class racing series, the Road America layout provides great conditions for good competition. There are plenty of overtaking opportunities, and as I mentioned before, strategy is important at this track. It’s lining up for good racing within classes, but also for clean racing within the different classes.”
GTD-class qualifying for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is on August 4 from 1:35 to 1:50 p.m. Eastern time. The race is on August 5 from 2:35 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Source. Christina Nielsen