Heinricher Racing NSX GT3 Evo Brings Girl Power to Long Beach

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2019 NSX GT3 Evo

NSX GT3 Evo not only features a team of female drivers, but it is also based off the road-going variant designed by a woman.

Shirley Muldowney. Michèle Mouton. The Force Sisters. Just some of the names of women who’ve made their mark upon the history of motorsport.

Katherine Legge is another woman making her mark. Her first race at Long Beach was in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship, where she also took her first win on the circuit. A year later, she would return behind the wheel in the IndyCar predecessor ChampCar series, where she finished eighth. She also happens to be one of the names behind this special 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo that we saw at the 2019 Grand Prix of Long Beach this past weekend.

2019 NSX GT3 Evo

The NSX GT3 has taken back-to-back wins in its first two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship seasons at Belle Isle near Detroit, plus two other wins at Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca. Those successes have been invested into the Evo version, like this one campaigned by Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing.

2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo

This particular NSX GT3 Evo features an all-female team of drivers, including Legge, Simona de Silvestro (who was the second woman to win at Long Beach in the Toyota Atlantic Championship series), Ana Beatriz, Christina Nielsen, and team principal Jackie Heinricher. But it doesn’t stop there.

2019 NSX GT3 Evo

The second-gen NSX, upon which this GT3 Evo is based, was created under the watch of lead designer Michelle Christensen, who is Honda R&D’s Lead Principal Designer. She held an internship with Volvo in Camarillo, California before joining Acura in 2005, spent time with General Motors, then returned to head up her first project as lead designer, the 2016 NSX.

2019 NSX GT3 Evo

The NSX GT3 Evo still has the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 from the production NSX, improved and specially modified to meet FIA GT3 requirements, of course. Meanwhile, its all-carbon fiber body has a new aero kit to give the NSX GT3 Evo better balance and drivability, along with improved cooling.

2019 NSX GT3 Evo

The team of Legge/Beatriz/Nielsen are currently eighth in the 2019 IMSA GTD standings. Their next appearance with the NSX GT3 Evo will be at Mid-Ohio the weekend of May 3 through 5.

2019 NSX GT3 Evo

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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