Luxury Swiss watch brand Richard Mille has partnered with race car driver Aurora Straus, who, as the only teenage professional sports car racer in North America, is the first female driver in the brand’s family.
Straus joins Richard Mille the same week as it unveils its new watch collection for women and toasts the start of the 19th edition of Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille in Paris.
The young American wears Richard Mille livery as well as the RM 07-01 Ladies Automatic while racing in the Pirelli World Challenge this season.
Now a student at Harvard and musician, Aurora drove for the first time at age 13, with no prior experience.
Her passion for motorsports grew quickly, and she began racing when she turned 15.
In 2017, Straus made her full-season debut in professional racing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, ultimately finishing the year as the top rookie in her class.
Currently, the 19-year-old is contracted for a full year in the Pirelli World Challenge, driving a BMW M4 GT4.
Half-way through the season, Straus has already clocked two dominant race wins and is a contender to win the championship in the GTS SprintX class.
When she isn’t racing, Straus is pursuing her degrees in mechanical engineering and English literature at Harvard University in Boston, and performing her own musical compositions on piano and guitar.
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