Two-time GTD Champion Christina Nielsen will join Racers Edge Motorsports for the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nielsen brings her considerable sports car experience to the wheel of the #93 Harrison Contracting Co Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 to team up with Pro-Am championship contenders Ashton Harrison and Mario Farnbacher for the eight-hour event. The duo has earned six podiums thus far in 2022, including a Pro-Am class sweep at Road America in the team’s most recent outing.
Nielsen won the Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title in both 2016 and 2017, tallying over 14 podium finishes and her first IMSA victory during that time period. She has competed in GT World Challenge Asia and the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), and drove the Acura NSX GT3 in 2019 under the Meyer-Shank Racing/Heinricher Racing sponsored by Caterpillar banner.
“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.”
“(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. 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.”
“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,” 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 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS season culminates at The Racing Capital of The World on Saturday, October 8 for Round 13, joining the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli field for this endurance race.
Boosted by back to back wins at Road America, Harrison and Farnbacher currently sit second in the Pro-Am standings, just two points from first place. There are two rounds at Sebring International Raceway next on the calendar, followed by the Indy 8-hr event which awards double points in the championship battle.
About Racers Edge Motorsports:
Founded in 1990, Racers Edge Motorsports is a world-class auto racing organization specializing in road course racing and currently competing with the Acura NSX GT3 Evo in the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS series. The team won the 2019 GT3 Pro/Am Drivers Championship, the 2020 GT3 Team, Drivers and Manufacturers championships. In 2021, three of the inaugural HPD Driver Academy grads tallied three wins and nine podiums en route to second place in the Pro/Am Drivers Championship. The team also operates and manages the HPD GT3 Driver Academy, led by team owner Jon Mirachi and lead engineer Jim Pattin.
About Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR)
Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) was founded in 2007 by world renowned sports car champion Wayne Taylor. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the motorsports capital of the world, WTR has built a proven track record of success and ingenuity in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class and the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Known for their prowess in endurance racing, WTR has won the coveted Rolex 24 at Daytona four times in the last five years and were named Vice Champions of the IMSA WeatherTech DPi Championship and Champions of the Michelin Endurance Cup in both 2020 and 2021. WTR has also won eight North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo Champions and fielded the only woman to win a Lamborghini World Finals race twice. Wayne Taylor has been inducted into both the South Africa Hall of Fame and the Sebring International Raceway Hall.
About Harrison Contracting Harrison Contracting Company, Inc. (HCC) is a commercial painting and facility maintenance contracting company headquartered in Villa Rica, GA with divisional offices in Florida and Texas. HCC provides repainting/reimaging and facility maintenance services nationwide, and new construction painting across the southeastern US. At HCC, red is more than the company color, its culture. RED stands for Reliable, Experienced, and Diligent, and is the cornerstone for all we do. We are more than just your painter; we are your partner.
About the HPD Driver Academy Program:
The Honda Performance Development (HPD) Driver Academy Program was developed to enable qualified racers to accelerate their racing career via ‘on-track’ and ‘off-track’ training from experienced Acura/Honda professional drivers, HPD-supported teams, and HPD personnel. The program includes on-track coaching sessions in the championship winning Acura NSX GT3 Evo, or Honda Civic Type R TCR, teaching the special knowledge and various skills required for professional sports car racing. It also includes extensive off-track instruction relating to the numerous disciplines required, along with effective communication with team personnel and engineers, driver marketing insights and sponsor searches. The program is available by application-only and is limited to eight students per year.
About Honda Performance Development:
Honda Performance Development, Inc., (HPD) has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993. From pinnacle racing in INDYCAR and IMSA to commercial racing programs, HPD powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and leads all of Honda and Acura’s high-performance racing programs in North America. HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HPD offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura amateur and professional motorsports racers, and is continually expanding its palette of racing programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles.