21-year-old Ashley Freiberg free to pursue other options.
BONDVILLE, VT - (July 31, 2013) - Ashley Freiberg and EFFORT Racing announced today their mutual agreement to terminate Freiberg's contract with the team that was scheduled to continue through the end of the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season. Freiberg, who entered the past race weekend leading the Series' points standings, made a total of six starts in the No. 51 EFFORT Racing Porsche over the 2013 season. She became the first woman to secure an overall GT3 Cup Challenge victory in North America when she claimed victory at Watkins Glen International earlier this year.
"I would like to thank EFFORT Racing for assisting in the development of my racing career," said Freiberg. "The team put me in a position to win races and heading into Mosport, we had the championship points lead. After an unfortunate weekend in Canada, I hope to get back on track and regain the points lead as I head into the second-half of the season. I certainly wish the EFFORT Racing team well and look forward to the next chapter in my racing career."
Freiberg, of Bondville, VT, has made waves in her rookie season in the GT3 Cup Challenge thus far this year in her Porsche 911. After securing her first podium of the year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May, she inherited the Series' points lead tie alongside Madison Snow. The lone female in the Series, then led flag-to-flag at Watkins Glen International while also becoming the first female Platinum Cup winner as well, giving her the Series points lead and dropping Snow to second in the standings. Prior to heading into a doubleheader race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Freiberg hadn't finished worse than fifth-place on the season. Her car was irreparable after an incident in qualifications, causing her to sit out both races and therefore reneging her championship points lead. The unfortunate situation led Freiberg to fall to fourth in series points.
Her strong showing this season has turned heads. Sports Illustrated Magazine named her a "Face in the Crowd" and invited her as a guest on the magazine's new live daily talk show, SI Now, which showcases newsmakers.
Freiberg and her sponsor partners, including TRUECAR and Bell Helmets, plan to announce her continued racing plans in the coming days.
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