As predicted by RACER, Scuderia Corsa has announced that Christina Nielsen will join its team to battle for the GT Daytona title in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Dane, who finished as the championship runner-up in the GTD class, and captured Rookie of the Year honors in the Pirelli World Challenge with TRG-Aston Martin, has signed a multi-year deal with Scuderia Corsa that will see her be among the first drivers to compete in the new Ferrari 488 GTB GT3 in IMSA.
“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 GTD team and drivers’ crowns 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 title.
“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 International Speedway on Jan. 8-10 ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 28-31.