MANN TO TEST WITH SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS
Pippa Mann will be back in an Indy Lights car just weeks after 2009 season wrapped up, as she prepares to test with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The one-day test is scheduled for Thursday 22nd October at Kentucky Speedway, where the team will be running Mann and fellow Brit Stefan Wilson.
Excited to get back into the cockpit, Mann said: "The only Firestone Indy Lights car I have driven up until now has been the #16 Panther Racing car, so it will be extremely interesting for me to test with another team. The chance to do so with an outfit as highly regarded as Sam Schmidt Motorsports is a great opportunity for me, and I'm really looking forward to getting onto the track. Although we're still undecided on plans for next year, this gives me a positive feeling about what we're trying to achieve."
Team Owner Sam Schmidt said: ""I have had the opportunity recently to speak with Pippa at length about her goals and ambitions in motorsports and was extremely impressed with her drive, determination, and focus to be successful. She has a very disciplined and technical approach, and we are very much looking forward to testing with her."
Mann completed her debut Firestone Indy Lights season with Panther Racing, achieving a string of top 15 finishes, including three top ten results. The rookie driver also managed to claim a top ten qualifying spot in all of the oval races, and started her final race of the season from third on the grid.
Mann hopes to announce plans for her 2010 season over the next few months.