By Allan Brewer. IndyCar Correspondent
- First British woman to run in Indy 500
- Mann finished 20th in her Indy debut
RLL Signs Pippa Mann For Loudon, Kentucky, Las Vegas Events
I’m absolutely thrilled...
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing signed former Indy Lights racer Pippa Mann today. The British racer was a rookie this year in the Indianapolis 500, and she now has accepted the ride for three races over the remainder of the 2011 season on Tuesday. Mann will drive the #30 Dallara/Honda in IndyCar series events at Loudon, New Hampshire; Warsaw, Kentucky and Las Vegas, Nevada in RLL livery.
"I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to get back into an IndyCar this year," said Mann of the deal. "The team has a great history in IndyCar, and a reputation that precedes them for consistently fielding fast cars.”
Pippa Mann comes to Indy Car after two seasons in the Indy Lights series. The Ipswich, England native got her start in karting, taking the karting world by storm by becoming the series' first female international event winner. She added another "first" to her personal achievements by putting the Sam Schmidt Motorsports car onto the pole for the 2010 Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She trumped that move by becoming the first British woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th, finishing in 20th place in the 100th anniversary race at the Brickyard.
“Pippa showed her skills in Indy Lights last year, but we were also impressed with the way she handled herself at Indianapolis this season,” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. Rahal won the Indianapolis 500 in 1996 as a driver, and again in 2004 as team owner with Buddy Rice behind the wheel in a rain-shortened race.
Mann came to America after competing in the Formula Renault European series, including the top series under the Renault open-wheel racing program. At 27 years of age, distinguished herself both on and off the track at Indy; winning praise for her composed and informed manner in the press room and with fans, as well as avoiding rookie mistakes to earn a mid-pack finish in the Indianapolis 500 field after starting in the very last row.