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Pippa Mann – Indy Car Driver

Pippa Mann

If you know a little about my racing interests you might be aware of my long-time desire to see a lady win the Indy-500 Race. I’ve hoped for that since Janet Guthrie first drove in an Indy-500 in 1977.

There are 33 spots available for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 race. Four of the 41 entrants are female. If you’ve been considering the remote possibility of a 5th in racing team owner, Sara Fisher, you can erase that one from your mind instantly since she is now about halfway though her much desired pregnancy.  Ed Carpenter will be driving Sara’s team car number 67.  The identity of her driver for car 57 has yet to be announced.  Here’s a link to her March 31 announcement about her pregnancy: http://www.sarahfisherracing.com/sarahsblogs.php

The four female entries are:

Pippa Mann – car 36

Danica Patrick – car 7

Simona De Silvestro – car 78

Ana Beatriz – car 24

Yesterday (May 12, 2011) my favorite, Pippa Mann, completed the Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

She ran consistent laps at each of the required four speed phases:

5 laps at 200-205 mph

10 laps at 205-210

10 laps at 210-215

10 laps at 215 or more.

Her fastest average speed was 219.116 mph.

Eric Bachelart, the Conquest Team owner was elated. “Pippa has done a sensational job today. It only took her 35 laps to go through the four phases of the program and I have to say this has been the smoothest rookie test we have ever done. She is ready, she gave us good feedback, and we can’t wait to get back on the track on Saturday for the opening of the practice week.”

Afterwards Mann said: “ . . . . things went so well today that we went through all four phases on just two sets of tires. I actually found the balance of the car fairly similar to the Indy Lights car, so the past two years have been great training.” She continued by expressing how happy she was with the results and expressed her gratitude over how hard the team worked to create such a successful outcome.

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 14) weather permitting, she will return to the Speedway for this year’s first Indianapolis 500 practice session.

There is now an official website for Pippa. Here is a link:

http://www.pippamann.com/default.aspx

And – here is a nice recent interview with Pippa where she talks about, among other things, the transition from Indy Lights to the Big Cars:

http://www.pippamann.com/MediaShow.aspx?ArticleID=308

PIPPA MANN WINS AT KENTUCKY!

Links:

http://www.pippamann.com/NewsArticle.aspx?ArticleID=284

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100904/IRL/100909936

AND

Link to previous posting on this web-log: https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/pippa-mann-wins-pole-for-saturdays-indy-lights-race/

PIPPA MANN WINS THE INDY LIGHTS RACE AT KENTUCKY!

Originally this posting was to announce that Pippa Mann had won the pole for the start of the 9-4-2010 Indy Lights race at Kentucky.  Now at the race’s conclusion I’m revising this (at 6:30 pm EDT race day) to announce that she has won the 100 mile race – leading all 67 laps!  This lady is for real!

Read story about winning the pole at the following link:

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2010/09/03/494754.html

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http://indycarnation.indycar.com/

The Kentucky Indy Lights race is scheduled to run at 5:30 EDT, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010.

Previous web-log posting on Pippa Mann:

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/pippa-mann-a-close-second-in-indy-lights-at-chicagoland/

Pippa Mann a Close Second in Indy Lights at Chicagoland

Pippa Mann, after leading a race for the first time in her Indy Lights career (several laps), came in second today in the 67 lap race at Chicagoland Speedway. James Hinchcliffe was the winner by only 0.0159 seconds – and Phillip Major came in third. Pippa is a native of Ipswich, England, and drives the No. 11 car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.  Keep an eye on this rising star.  My mother who loved open-wheel racing is surely pleased to see a lady do so well.   Mom left to be with the Great Guy In the Sky back in 2004 so I’m sure she gets to watch every race that interests her.

http://www.pippamann.com/