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Firestone Indy Lights Team Gets Both Cars Inside Top Ten, Plowman Gets Fourth Straight Joliet, Ill. - (August 29, 2009) -- In the Firestone Indy Lights event held earlu in the day, Panther saw both its drivers record Top Ten finishes, with...

Firestone Indy Lights Team Gets Both Cars Inside Top Ten, Plowman Gets Fourth Straight

Joliet, Ill. - (August 29, 2009) -- In the Firestone Indy Lights event held earlu in the day, Panther saw both its drivers record Top Ten finishes, with Martin Plowman finishing eighth and Pippa Man in ninth. After starting in the fifth spot, Pippa got a flat tire while going around polesitter Brandon Wagner and slightly clipped his front wing, which sent the No. 16 spinning up the track between Turns 1-2, but Pippa managed to keep the car off the wall. She drove to the pits and got a fresh set of Firestones before getting back to the race to finish in ninth position, her second Top Ten of the season.

Martin Plowman drove a strong fast half of the race; dicing with the front-runners but as the race progressed the No. 15 Panther Racing Indy Lights got loose, and Plowman eventually settled for an eight place finish, his fourth Top Ten finish in a row. With one race remaining on the schedule, Plowman currently sits in 11th position in the championship standings with Pippa in 14th.

The IndyCar Series will take a break for the next two weekends before making the trip overseas for the Honda Indy Japan at Twin Ring Motegi. Firestone Indy Lights drivers now will take a break and return to action on October 9th at Homestead Speedway for the season finale.

Firestone Indy Lights drivers now will take a break and return to action on October 9th at Homestead Speedway for the season finale.

Martin Plowman, No. 15 Panther Firestone Indy Lights
"It was a lot crazier than I thought it would be. I didn't get a great start but as soon as things settled down I got some good runs on people and the first 15 were totally crazy. Everyone running three wide and three deep and when the accident with Potekhen happened the only thing I saw was a cloud of smoke and I missed one of the cars by inches. After that it got pretty hard to get through and to run three wide like we were running in the beginning of the race. The car got very loose in the final stage of the race and I was just hanging in there. I tried changing all my settings inside the car, but it just didn't get any better. It's a shame because it was a really good race."

Pippa Mann, No. 16 Panther Firestone Indy Lights
"The car that qualified on pole was a bit slow on the start of the race and was holding a traffic jam behind him. When I finally got around him I came down too close to avoid a car that was on my outside and his front wing cut my rear tire. That resulted in a huge spin between One and Two. My front wing got damaged and I believe that the toe link as well. The guys sent me out after changing my tires, but although I could run with the pack, I was three laps down and because the car handling was a little off I decided not to get in the mix and risk the race for the guys on the lead lap."

-credit: pr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Pippa Mann , Brandon Wagner , Martin Plowman
Teams Panther Racing