Alice Powell is set to make her IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut at Virginia International Raceway with Meyer Shank Racing later this month.
Fresh from finishing third in the inaugural (all-female, single-seater) W Series season, she will partner fellow Briton Katherine Legge in the team’s #57 GTD class Acura NSX GT3.
During her time competing in the top open wheel series in Europe, racing in Formula Renault, GP3 and Formula 3, Powell won several awards. In 2009, at just 16 years old, she was the youngest female to compete in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship.
She also won the British Women Racing Drivers Club Goldstars ‘Elite’ Category award and was the first woman to win a Formula Renault Race in the UK, going on to become the first woman to win a Formula Renault Championship (2010).
“I am very excited to be joining Heinricher Racing and Meyer Shank Racing for the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” said Powell.
“This is such a successful and well-respected team. I am looking forward to working with them and settling into driving the Acura NSX GT3. It will be my first time racing in the States and only the second endurance race of my career, so I am very keen to experience VIR.”
Last year, Legge stood on the podium at VIR. She is looking forward to returning to the circuit and competing with Powell for the first time.
“I’m looking forward to VIR and to a fresh start after the last couple of races where we haven’t had the best results,” said Legge.
“I’m really looking forward to racing with Alice. She is a well-respected driver and just won her latest race. We’ll all help her get even more comfortable with the Acura NSX so her speed translates to sports car racing. And, being a fellow Brit, I’m sure we’ll share too many laughs.
“I know we have made a lot of changes to the car for VIR, and last year was a strong race for us so hopefully we can get back into a rhythm next week.”
Image courtesy of Meyer Shank Racing