W Collection race winner Powell joins Heinricher Racing at VIR
British driver Alice Powell will make her IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut at Virginia Worldwide Raceway within the No. 57 Caterpillar Acura NSX GT3 co-driven by Katherine Legge.
Powell completed third total within the 2019 W Collection, following up on podium finishes in Germany and Belgium with victory within the season finale at Manufacturers Hatch.
In 2009, at age 16, she was the youngest feminine to compete within the Michelin System Renault UK Championship. She additionally gained the British Ladies Racing Drivers Membership Goldstars ‘Elite’ Class award and was the primary lady to win a System Renault Race within the UK, occurring to develop into the primary lady to win a System Renault Championship (2010).
With two powerhouse British drivers competing in Sunday’s Michelin GT Problem (NBCSN 1:30pm ET), Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing is poised to observe up on final yr’s podium end at VIR.
“I’m very excited to be becoming a member of Heinricher Racing and Meyer Shank Racing for the subsequent spherical of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” stated Powell. “That is such a profitable and well-respected staff. I’m wanting ahead to working with them and settling into driving the Acura NSX GT3. It will likely be my first time racing within the States and solely the second endurance race of my profession, so I’m very eager to expertise VIR.”
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