Racing For Kids kicked off the holiday season with two special visits one to Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the other to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Both visits were Christmas gift “drop offs” to help brighten a hospital stay for many metro Detroit and Kansas City children. In the Detroit visit, a couple […]
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series driver Christina Nielsen is not only a talented racer, but also a compassionate young women who spent an hour Thursday entertaining a host of patients at Long Beach’s Miller Hospital for Children & Women.
The 25 year old Dane is the daughter of well-known endurance racer Lars-Eric Nielsen and drives for the Scuderia Corsa – Racing With Ferrari team.
Thursday, she delighted her crowd at Miller Hospital with stories of the exciting world of motorsports, communicating well and showing patience and passion for the youngsters, many of whom are enduring painful and protracted procedures on their way to recovery. Her calm demeanor with the kids was especially noticeable.
When asked if she had any special training with kids, Nielsen replied: “No. But I have a lot of nieces and nephew. I spend a lot of time with them.”
As Nielsen went from one child to another in the hospital, she recognized a youngster she’d seen Wednesday during an appearance at a local school. The boy’s brother, it turns out, is an Oncology Patient at Miller.
Signing autographs and posing for pictures, Nielsen easily won a whole new group of fans who will be pulling for her this year as she works to drive to the top of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.