Originally hailing from Denmark, Christina Nielsen has raced globally over the past 15 years for top brands including Ferrari and Porsche. Honing her career in the States, she is a two-time champion of the IMSA Weathertech Championship and a one-time champion of the IMSA Endurance Championship. And it was this first championship win in 2016 that cemented her name as a record-breaker, as she became the first-ever woman to win a major full-season sportscar championship in North America, a feat she repeated the following year.
Growing up with Lars Erik Nielsen as her father, a famous racing driver who competed at legendary events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the 24 Hours of Daytona, it seemed only natural that Christina would be behind the wheel. But, as we discovered, it wasn’t her father who first introduced her to the sport.
Breaking down the barriers between men and women in the field, she co-founded Accelerating Change, focusing on creating events and experiences catered to women within the automotive industry. “I’m not a female who’s a sports car driver, I’m a sports car driver who’s a female,” she notably states.
We sat down with Christina to talk all things racing, travel, and how you can get behind the wheel with her.