Pataskala, Ohio (5 March 2019) – After stepping in at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, Christina Nielsen will return to the No. 57 Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo for the remaining IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Rounds; the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen and the Motul Petit Le Mans.
The Heinricher Racing all-female No. 57 Acura kicked off the 2019 season with a strong run at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona with drivers Katherine Legge, Bia Figueiredo, Simona De Silvestro and Nielsen. Program leader, Jackie Heinricher unfortunately was forced to sit out of the opening round due to a back injury.
Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing was fortunate to sign Nielsen to step in for the 24, and the two-time IMSA champion proved to be an excellent addition. The team has moved quickly to integrate her into the endurance effort moving forward.
Now with the Twelve Hours of Sebring just around the corner, Nielsen will once again step in for Heinricher for the day to night event on March 16th and continue as driver for the Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans race weekends in hopes of securing her second IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup title.
Nielsen has an outstanding record in the endurance format events all of which facilitated her 2016 Michelin Endurance Cup Championship along with the GTD Championship that same year.
Nielsen has earned victories at Sebring and Watkins Glen, both in 2016 and has racked up four additional podium finishes at Sebring (2015 & 2017), Watkins Glen (2017) and Petit Le Mans (2016). Nielsen has stood on the Sebring podium three out of the past four years that she has raced there.
“I am excited to be driving with the Heinricher Racing effort and Meyer Shank Racing for the rest of the Michelin Endurance Cup events,” said Nielsen. “I’ve always known MSR to be a very good team and racing for them only impressed me more with their professional approach to everything, so hopefully we can fight for the (Michelin) Endurance Cup this year.”
“Having Christina join the Heinricher Racing effort for the Michelin Endurance Cup for the remainder of 2019 season is incredibly exciting,” stated Heinricher. “Christina brings a long list of very accomplished achievements in racing. This further enforces the deep talent of professional drivers involved with the team and my vision.”
“It’s great to have Christina back on board with us for the long races,” said Mike Shank. “She exceeded our expectations with her performance in the Acura at Daytona, and has an incredible record at the rest of the endurance tracks so she will be a great addition.”
The next event on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar is the Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 16th which will also be a part of the “Super Sebring” World Endurance Championship (WEC) race weekend.