Mid-Ohio: Panther Racing race notes

Plowman Matches Best Career Firestone Indy Lights Finish with Another Top Five Result LEXINGTON, Ohio - (August 9, 2009) In the Firestone Indy Lights race, Panther driver Martin Plowman matched his career-best finish with a fifth-place result.

Plowman Matches Best Career Firestone Indy Lights Finish with Another Top Five Result

LEXINGTON, Ohio - (August 9, 2009) In the Firestone Indy Lights race, Panther driver Martin Plowman matched his career-best finish with a fifth-place result. After starting in the seventh spot, the personable Englishman got a spot on the first lap, and fought his way up to fifth place holding off the pressure of Daniel Herrington and his No. 28 machine for the last ten laps of the race. Martin Plowman currently stands in 12th place in the Firestone Indy Lights championship standings.

Pippa Mann, the driver of the No. 16 Panther Indy Lights machine started in 18th position and climbed three spots to finish the Mid-Ohio race in 15th place.

Martin Plowman, No. 15 Firestone Indy Lights

"This fifth place feels like a small victory. We were at the back of the grid and by a long way but my engineer Al Bodey and all the guys got together and analyzed what was wrong with the car and what we needed and for the couple of past races we've improved a lot. I was blown away with how the car felt after the first lap of practice, it was totally different from what we had here in the beginning of June, and it was just what we needed. They gave me a great race car today and I owe the guys for this one!"

Pippa Mann, No. 16 Firestone Indy Lights

"Last night after practice and qualifying the Panther guys changed the car all around because although Martin's setup worked for him, it just didn't work for me and I couldn't drive the car. This morning in warm-up we made a big step forward and during the race we continued to improve our lap times. In the race we ran 1.5 seconds quicker than we've ran the whole weekend and had we started further up and had this car on the start of the weekend I'm sure that the pace would've been better. Today I didn't quite have the pace but overall the boys did a very good job."

-credit: pr

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