On Friday, December 6th, 2019 Astrid and her team arrived at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia in the early evening. After a few laps around the fully packed paddock, the team finally found a spot to call home for the weekend. Professional coach, Cameron Lawrence arrived shortly after from Austin, Texas. The team unloaded the ALR-Wurth BMW E36 and setup for a weekend of racing with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Southeast Region.
The weather forecast for the weekend was sunny but chilly, with high temperatures in the low 50s. Saturday morning was off to a great start. Astrid displayed great pace in the GTS class during practice and qualifying. After each session, Cameron and Astrid reviewed her data to see where the tenths and hundredths of seconds were in each section of the track. Astrid and the team also made the necessary adjustments to the BMW based on Astrid’s input from driving the car and the data collected in the AIM data acquisition system. Then, it was time for the race.
Astrid had an excellent qualifying run earlier in the day, placing her in a great position in GTS1 to start the race. As the Lightning race group of 50 cars approached the start finish, the green flag dropped. Scott (Astrid’s father) called the green over the radio keeping a close eye on the section of track from turn 12, start/finish and turn 1. Cameron and Michele (Stepmom) spotted from the hillside looking over most of the track from turn 4 to turn 9. Astrid did a phenomenal job managing traffic and put together clean and fast laps. At the end of the race, Astrid brought the ALR-Wurth BMW E36 to the finish line placing P1 in the GTS1 class.
An excited team awaited Astrid in the paddock as she pulled in from the race. After a quick debrief, Astrid had the NASA official stamp the 3rd stamp on her provisional license. Only one more stamp needed to complete her provisional license.
After a successful performance on Saturday, Astrid would be competing in the Thunder race group on Sunday. The Thunder race group is full of high horsepower Porsches, Corvettes, BMWs, Radicals, etc. Not only would Astrid be in this fast group, she would be starting upfront in P6. This race would to be a standing start, Astrid’s first time doing a standing start since her early karting days. Early in the afternoon, it was time for the race to begin. As the racers left pit road, Astrid’s team assumed their positions around the track. The large pack of 50 or so cars came down the hill off turn 12 and came to a stop at the start finish. The green flag dropped and Astrid took off. Making a great maneuver to avoid the slow to start Radical in P4. As the cars charged toward turn 1, all of the racers did a fantastic job filing in safely with no incidents to start the race.
Astrid’s 4th and final provisional race went very well. No incidents and a clean race meant Astrid had completed her provisional license and would receive her full competition license. Finishing mid pack, Astrid pulled the ALR-Wurth BMW into the paddock where her team, family and friends were waiting to congratulate the 16 year old on her great accomplishment. Astrid was all smiles, the perfect end to a great weekend. After the post race celebration, the NASA official placed the 4th and final stamp on Astrid’s provisional competition license. Now a fully licensed race car driver, Astrid is ready to compete in a full 2020 NASA season and in SRO (Pirelli World Challenge). With her sights set on professional racing, this was a true pinnacle moment in Astrid’s young career.