ordic forays into the Americas date back
at least 1,000 years. Historical records of
GT racing exploits from a millennium ago
are incomplete, but in the present day it’s
a different story – and for the past year or
so, Denmark’s Christina Nielsen has been
writing her own increasingly successful saga.
In a whirlwind few months, Nielsen’s
career has played out in fast-forward. Now
based in Los Angeles, the 24-year-old racer
put herself on the map in 2015 when she
came within two points of winning the GT
Daytona title in the IMSA Weather Tech
SportsCar Championship at the wheel of
a TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage V12.
“Last year was when we got on the list of
drivers to watch,” she says. “I got the most
podiums in 2015 in our class, so I think that
was when people started to notice.”
During the winter, Nielsen switched to
the championship-winning Scuderia
Corsa squad – a change that also required
her to trade the Aston for Ferrari’s new
488. So far, the move has paid off. With
co-driver Alessandro Balzan and third
driver Jeff Segal, she won GTD at the
12 Hours of Sebring, and Nielsen and
Balzan left the recent Detroit round
with the class championship lead.
In between, Nielsen also made her
debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a
Formula Racing Ferrari 458 and races
the same model for the same team in
the European Le Mans Series. “Down
time” is a concept that doesn’t feature
heavily in her current schedule, but she
says it’s worth the trade-off.
The Dane followed
making the switch
to GTs in the
Cup’s B-class for
the 2012 season.
If you’re looking for Christina Nielsen, best bet
is to head to a race track and hang around
the podium. You’ll probably see her there.
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Christina Nielsen is
dovetailing her IMSA
GTD class program
with a European Le
Mans Series campaign
with Formula Racing.
She made her 24 Hours
of Le Mans debut with
the team in June.