Wednesday February 28, 2018 Danish-born Christina Nielsen, the current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTD class champion is changing teams from Ferrari to Porsche this season. Nielsen visited the Motor City to promote the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (June 1-3) presented by Lear located on Belle Isle in Detroit. She was also in town to talk to students from the Detroit International Academy for Young Women about careers in the automotive and racing industries.
Christina Nielsen will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Belle Isle in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, on Saturday, June 2 2018. Nielsen has been in America for four years. She finished second in the GTD class in IMSA in 2015 and won consecutive championships in the series in 2016 and 2017.
“I don’t think of myself as a role model to girls and women,” said Nielsen. “I’m not 100 percent there in my career yet. But I am aware that I want to set a good example. I know my values and what I stand for. My social media very much represents that. I do want to show women that they can work, compete and be part of anything they want to be against men without having to believe otherwise because of their gender.”
“I wanted to create a forum where they were comfortable sharing their experiences with me,” she said. “I asked them to raise their hand if a boy or a man has every told them they couldn't do something because they were girls, and several stood up and told us their stories. We talked about the mentality they were facing, and their reaction to it – how they handled the situation, and how they can not let those people influence them. I also told them they'll never be successful on their own. They'l
“Comerica Bank sponsored the event, and all of the girls will come out to the Detroit race on Friday and meet our team,” she added. “And I told them they'll see two women working in our team, me as a driver, and our communications person, and the rest are men, the mechanics and engineers, and I don't want you to be discouraged by that. You can obtain these jobs when you are older if you want them.”
“Even if you don't see a woman role model in the field that interests you, don't let that stop you,” she also said. “They should find energy and motivation within themselves to move forward. And they need to know that even at their young age, they are role models to younger sisters, younger brothers in their family, and this is a cycle that continues.”
“What I also liked as an example was that the girls were sitting here because Monica at Comerica (Monica Martinez senior vice president of Comerica Bank) made it possible, and they can become racecar drivers, engineers, managers, mechanics, whatever they choose,“ she said. ”But they can also be like Monica and choose a career in international business and finance. Someone from this field went to Monica's school to talk about it, and look where she is now. It's very rewarding to go and speak and
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