By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Christina Nielsen will pilot the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 for Scuderia Corsa in the GT Daytona class for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, confirming her switch from TGR-AMR North America.
Nielsen finished second in this season’s GT-Daytona championship and also grabbed Rookie of the Year honors in Pirelli World Challenge.
The young Dane signed a multi-year deal with Scuderia Corsa and is the latest in what has been a busy offseason in GT that has seen several drivers change teams and classes.
“I’m very honored to have been given the chance to race with Scuderia Corsa and become a part of the Ferrari family,” Nielsen said.
“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”
The Giacomo Mattioli-led team won the 2015 team and drivers’ championship following a rain-soaked Petit Le Mans season finale at Road Atlanta, and will look to repeat in 2016 with the addition of Nielsen.
“We are thrilled that Christina will be joining us in the 2016 WeatherTech championship,” Mattioli said. “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.”
It is currently not known who Nielsen’s co-driver will be, but it is expected to be announced at a later date. She will remain as a Silver-rated driver for next season.