Freiberg and Rdest follow in the footsteps of other Audi women—such as Michèle Mouton, Leena Gade and Rahel Frey—who forged their way in motorsports.
Michèle Mouton came to fame as an off-road rally driver competing in the World Rally Championship for the Audi factory team. She took four victories and finished runner-up in the drivers' world championship in 1982 and went on to win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1985. Mouton serves as the President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, continuing to champion the diversification of the racing industry.
Leena Gade took to the sport on the tarmac in the role of Audi race engineer, becoming the first female engineer to win at Le Mans 24 Hours. Gade went on to win at Le Mans 24 Hours three times and now continues to promote the sport as an Ambassador of the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport.
Today, Audi driver Rahel Frey is making her way through the ranks since her start with the brand in 2011. Concluding a successful 2017 season, Fray raced in the ADAC GT Masters and finished 3rd in the Audi R8 LMS GT4 in SP-X class at the 2017 Nürburgring 24 Hours for Audi Sport Team Phoenix.
“I feel very privileged and honored to drive progress for women in motorsports. I have always thought that it's not the gender, but the passion, endurance and hard work that are the mainstay of any winner,” said driver Gosia Rdest.
The first practice will begin at 1 pm on Wednesday, January 24. The 4-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race starts at 1 pm on Friday, January 26. Visit IMSA.TV to watch live, download the IMSA app, or catch the rebroadcast on Saturday, February 10 on FS1.
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