Edmonton: Panther Racing qualifying notes

EDMONTON, Canada - (July 24, 2009) -- In Firestone Indy Lights qualifications, Panther drivers Martin Plowman and Pippa Mann qualified 13th and 15th, respectively, for tomorrow afternoon's Grand Prix of Edmonton. This will be the first time Indy...

EDMONTON, Canada - (July 24, 2009) -- In Firestone Indy Lights qualifications, Panther drivers Martin Plowman and Pippa Mann qualified 13th and 15th, respectively, for tomorrow afternoon's Grand Prix of Edmonton. This will be the first time Indy Lights has run an event in Edmonton, as they were not included in the IndyCar Series event here last season.

Both Plowman and Mann will have a decal on their car honoring the late British driver Henry Surtees, who passed away last week in an F-2 race in Brands Hatch. The decal has a large "H", similar to the "H" Henry wore on his helmet. Both Pippa and Martin knew their fellow countryman during their years racing in the UK.

Martin Plowman, No. 15 Firestone Indy Lights

"I'm obviously disappointed with the qualifying result because after a morning session where we were quite off the pace the guys changed everything but the kitchen sink for quals and although the car was a lot better it wasn't enough to get us into the Top Ten. We are battling a couple of issues on the car, but I'm confident that we will sort it out for tomorrow. This track is very fast and it looks like there will be a lot of overtaking during the race, and if everything plays out right I'll on the hunt for positions tomorrow".

Pippa Mann, No. 16 Firestone Indy Lights

"On our first set of tires everything looked very positive and we were 11th on the charts but when we got our second set of Firestones I ran into quite a bit of traffic when I started to pick up pace and that killed the momentum. I also had an issue with my rear brakes locking by the end of the session. It's a shame because it was really looking good on the beginning of the session".

-credit: pr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Pippa Mann , Martin Plowman , Henry Surtees
Teams Panther Racing