Kentucky: Pippa Mann race report

PIPPA MANN WINS KENTUCKY 100 Pippa Mann dominated the Kentucky 100 to take her maiden victory in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, completing a perfect weekend for the young Brit. After winning the pole on Friday, Mann led from the green...

PIPPA MANN WINS KENTUCKY 100

Pippa Mann dominated the Kentucky 100 to take her maiden victory in the Firestone Indy Lights Series, completing a perfect weekend for the young Brit.

After winning the pole on Friday, Mann led from the green flag at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, and instantly pulled out a lead of four car lengths to Martin Plowman (AFS Racing). However, a collision on lap two involving Mann's team mate Phillip Major, and the Bryan Herta Autosport cars of Daniel Herrington and Stefan Wilson, led to the race being red flagged on lap three.

On the re-start, Mann was under pressure from Plowman, and as the pair ran side-by-side, he tried to drive around the outside of the #11 car. Mann refused to give up the lead, and her pace was too much for Plowman's #27 machine. She pulled away, and by lap 10 had extended her lead to just over a second.

From that point onwards, nobody had an answer for Mann's pace. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver controlled the race from start to finish, and took a superb victory in the Drive Smart Buckle Up Kentucky 100. Underlining her dominance, the 27 year-old racer crossed the line almost seven seconds ahead of second-placed man James Hinchcliffe (Team Moore Racing), having led all 67 laps on the 1.5 mile oval.

Speaking about the win, Mann said: "I joked yesterday that I was going to run away and hide today, but I didn't really think it would happen. I got my legs underneath me, started pedaling and no one could catch me. Last week at Chicagoland, it was fast racing, but this is a handling track. You have to set the car up to run the fastest line and we focused on that. If we got into deep traffic today, I don't think we could've run as well, but we took a little bit of a gamble on the set up and it paid off. I'm extremely happy for the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team and obviously the #11 crew they thoroughly deserve this."

The result puts Mann in seventh position in the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights championship standings. The series now heads to Florida where the final race of the season will play out at Homestead-Miami Speedway on 2 October.

-source: pippa mann PR

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