WTSC: Christina Nielsen Joins Scuderia Corsa for 2016 IMSA WeatherTech Championship

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On the heels of capturing its second professional championship in three seasons, Scuderia Corsa has added Christina Nielsen to the team to battle for the GT-Daytona championship in the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Nielsen, from Hørsholm, Denmark, finished as the championship runner-up in GT-Daytona in the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and captured Rookie of the Year honors in the Pirelli World Challenge. Nielsen’s multi-year deal with Scuderia Corsa will see her be among the first drivers to compete in the new Ferrari 488 GTB GT3 in the competitive GT-Daytona class, which will see continued growth in car count, manufacturer involvement and competitiveness in the 2016 season.

“I’m very honored to have been given the chance to race with Scuderia Corsa and become a part of the Ferrari family,” said Nielsen. “I think the new car looks amazing and I can’t wait to race it because i think it’s going to be very competitive. I also want to thank TRG for a great season in 2015 and everything they have done for me. However we were presented an opportunity for 2016 that we just couldn’t say no to and I am very thankful that Giacomo and his team has decided to take me in. I believe in our program 100% and will be back fighting for the top step of the championship.”

In the thrilling, rain-affected season finale at Petit Le Mans last month, Scuderia Corsa secured its second professional racing championship in three seasons, capturing the 2015 GT-Daytona team and drivers’ championship, and helped Ferrari to secure the manufacturer’s championship. Scuderia Corsa team owner Giacomo Mattioli views the addition of Nielsen to the team as the first step to securing the team’s next championship.

“We are thrilled that Christina will be joining us in the 2016 WeatherTech championship,” said Mattioli. “We learned quite a bit during last season about what a strong competitor she is. She is a tremendous talent, and a mature racer. With Christina at the wheel we are ready to battle for another championship. I believe our No. 63 will be a contender.”

Nielsen will make her debut for Scuderia Corsa at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Jan. 8-10 ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 28-31.

CREDIT: Scuderia Corsa

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