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GEAR Racing Confirms 2020 GTD Entry with Grasser Lamborghini

Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen to drive for new Grasser Racing-run GEAR operation…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

GEAR Racing will join the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship grid in 2020 with a Lamborghini GT3 program supported by the decorated GRT Grasser team.

Katherine Legge and two-time GT Daytona class champion Christina Nielsen will co-drive the No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo in the full twelve-round season.

GEAR (Girl Empowerment Around Racing) is an organization devoted to promoting female talent in motorsport.

It will provide drivers, sponsors and additional support to the Lamborghini entry, while two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winning team GRT Grasser will head up the engineering and race operations side.

Sportscar365 recently reported that the 2017 Blancpain GT Series-winning squad was set to switch its European GT3 program over to IMSA.

The Austrian outfit has appeared in the GTD ranks before and won its class in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring earlier this year.

2020 will mark its first full campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship.

“Grasser Racing Team is more than happy to field the No. 19 Lamborghini with GEAR Racing in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship,” said team principal Gottfried Grasser.

“It’s an honor for my team and I to prepare a brand-new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo for Christina Nielsen and Katherine Legge.

“We’re excited to fight for many victories in the 2020 championship and we cannot wait to start the new season with the highlight event, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January.”

Kara Kenney, global brand director of GEAR, added: “It is our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold in racing and in life.

“We’re thrilled to have Katherine and Christina on the team, and we couldn’t have found a better racing partner than Grasser.”

Legge and Nielsen raced together in the WeatherTech Championship GTD class this year, driving an Acura NSX GT3 Evo prepared by Meyer Shank Racing that was under the Heinricher Racing banner.

No word has been given on the status of Heinricher’s effort, which was backed by Caterpillar and initially understood to be a two-year deal.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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