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Straus Named Ambassador for Radical Motorsport

Straus to pilot No. 17 Richard Mille Radical SR3 in Blue Marble Radical Cup North America…

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Female racing star and American racing driver, 24-year-old Aurora Straus has been named an official ambassador for global racing car manufacturer Radical Motorsport.

The news coincides with confirmation of her return to the Blue Marble Radical Cup North America for the 2023 season.

After becoming the first woman to enter the series, and win a race, in 2022, Straus will be piloting the No. 17 Richard Mille Radical SR3 in the Pro 1500 class.

After scoring three podiums including two second-place finishes in her debut at Watkins Glen, Straus went on to finish third at the Circuit of The Americas before adding a pair of race wins and a third-place finish in last year’s Sonoma Raceway season finale.

Her results propelled Group-A Racing to the team championship title in the Pro 1500 ranks in 2022.

“We are thrilled to have Aurora back in the Blue Marble Radical Cup as a competitor and an ambassador for Radical Motorsport,” explained Tom Drewer, Global Motorsport Director.

“Aurora is a proven talent, recently taking a top 6 finish at Daytona. We look forward to seeing her push the Radical brand to a higher level.”

Graduating from Harvard and an experienced sports car racer, Straus started her racing career in spec Mazda MX-5 cars in 2015 and then progressed into the 2016 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

Moving to Pirelli World Challenge SprintX in 2018, in a BMW M4 GT4 operated by ST Racing, she claimed two victories and four podiums.

In 2021, Straus was part of an all-female Richard Mille-backed operation in GT4 America, where she teamed up with two-time IMSA GTD champion Christina Nielsen at the wheel of a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Competing in several Radical Cup North America events in 2022, Straus earned two wins and five total podiums.

Earlier this year, Straus was back at Daytona International Speedway for the first round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, where she drove from 44th on the grid to a sixth-place finish.

A Richard Mille ambassador, Straus announced her plans for the rest of the season, which will see the American return to the prototypes of Radical Cup, for a six-calendar event starting this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park with Trans Am and SpeedTour.

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