ANSA RETURNS TO FARA MIAMI 500 WITH TWO WOMEN STAR DRIVERS: INES TAITTINGER AND LAURA KRAIHAMER
In three weeks, ANSA Motorsports will compete in the legendary FARA Miami 500 four-hour endurance classic on Sunday, Nov. 27. So far this year, ANSA Motorsports has enjoyed a very successful racing season. The team won the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Driver’s Championship, with Brett Sandberg driving a KTM X-Bow GT4, the same car that will be used in the Miami 500 by two of the most highly regarded, young women drivers: Ines Taittinger from France and Laura Kraihamer from Austria. The Thanksgiving-weekend racing classic is one of the largest club-racing events in the country. More than 30,000 fans descend on Homestead Miami Speedway every year to attend the exciting event, where more than 100 drivers compete in the newer LM P3 prototypes and GT race cars, with the ultimate goal of becoming the FARA Miami 500 Champion. The 2014 FARA Miami 500 overall Champion, ANSA Motorsports, returns to the Florida classic with at least five winning class contenders, including one brand new Adess-03 LM P3 prototype, to contend for the overall victory. At a later date, ANSA will announce its complete list of team cars and drivers competing in the Miami 500. With her famous last name, Taittinger will compete in her first North American race, as will Kraihamer. Both women are racing in different, top racing series in Europe. Taittinger drove an LMP2 prototype in her first 24 Hours of Le Mans this year and competed in a P2 car in the European Le Mans Series all-season. Taittinger is ready for her first American racing appearance. “I am thrilled to take part in the FARA USA Miami 500 with ANSA Motorsports,” Taittinger said. “I can't wait to meet and work with the KTM championship winning team and discover racing in the USA. It has always been a wish for me to come and race in the USA, and Miami is really a great city to experience my first race.” Kraihamer is a GT racing specialist and a specialist of the KTM X-Bow GT4. She competed in the 2016 GT4 European Series and finished second in the Reiter Young Stars competition in the female driver’s class. She, too, is eager to start practicing on the Homestead Miami road course. “The upcoming FARA Miami 500 endurance race in the USA with ANSA Motorsports is a unique opportunity. I am really looking forward to working with the successful ANSA Motorsports team and Ines,” Kraihamer said. “My focus is set on gaining plenty of new experiences, developing my skills and, of course - trying to achieve the best possible result. I am fully motivated, excited and ready to accept this challenge.” ANSA Motorsports co-team owner, Alain Nadal, is very happy to have Ines and Laura join the team for the 2016 FARA Miami 500. "I am delighted to have two great young women drivers like Ines and Laura join our team," Nadal said. "The Miami 500 is a great endurance race for them and they will enjoy it. They should do well in the KTM and I know they are going to make us proud." The FARA Miami event will start on Saturday, Nov. 26, with qualifying for the 500 race. The four-hour endurance classic is set for Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. ET.