Accelerating Change Christina Nielsen

Accelerating Change – All-Female Track Day

It’s obvious to even the casual observer that motorsports is dominated by men. It was only as recently as 2005 when Danica Patrick made history as the first female to compete in an IndyCar race. Fast forward 14 years, and objectively, not much has changed.

Enter Accelerating Change.

Founded by two-time and first-ever-female IMSA racing Champion, Christina Nielsen, and Mariana Small, President of Porsche Club of America – Los Angeles, the organization seeks to put women into the driver’s seat of motorsports worldwide.

With the backing of Michelin and Porsche of Fresno, the organization’s inaugural All-Female Track Day at Buttonwillow Raceway saw more than 45 women take to the helm of Porsches, Audis, Minis and more. Volunteer racing coaches from Porsche Club North America meant that no driver was left without professional guidance around one of California’s most famous and enjoyable racing circuits.

The event was emceed by PCA’s chief driving instructor, Scott Mann, and veteran Porsche racer, Martina Kwan, was on hand to provide expert, in-car instruction for the participants. Kwan’s partner and sponsor, Vision Motorsports, provided the technical support and certifications that enabled the women to keep their cars in compliance and on the track. Their 997.2 Porsche 911 was recently upgraded to full GT4 racing standards and the infamous Porsche flat six provided one of the few full-throated racing soundtracks of the vehicle entries and only added to the excitement of the day.

With this first event under their belt, this is likely only the beginning for Accelerating Change. As Ms. Nielsen continues her quest for yet another championship in 2019, the spotlight on women in motorsports should only continue to shine both brighter and wider.

Porsche at Cars and Canvas

Cars and Canvas

The first-ever Cars and Canvas took place in downtown Los Angeles on October 21, 2018. Many marques were displayed and represented, but Porsche had the spotlight in this well-attended event that was not overly crowded or unnecessarily busy. The premise of the event was to celebrate the art of the automobile, and in addition to several visual artists showcasing their automotive prints, there were plenty of Porsche social media photographers on hand to capture images that do justice to  the well-honed bodywork on display.

There was also a fundraising aspect to the event with a custom piece by artist, Deven Hitchens, being auctioned off to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The resulting illustration of a black Porsche Cayman GT4 was simply stunning.

The event was put on by noted automotive photographer, Tom LeClair, and was sponsored by South Coast Wealth Management, Vision Motorsports, RIDES Gallery and Fast Newport Speed Cave.

The Porsche 911 was the most well-represented vehicle at the event with cars spanning several decades from the 1960’s up to the present day 991.

Take a peek at the full gallery HERE where dealerships can download Porsche content for their own marketing needs.

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