Edmonton: Panther Racing race report

EDMONTON, Canada - (July 25, 2009) -- In the Firestone Indy Lights race, Panther Racing teammates Pippa Mann and Martin Plowman left the Edmonton Grand Prix with a bittersweet feeling, after struggling for speed during the first practice and ...

EDMONTON, Canada - (July 25, 2009) -- In the Firestone Indy Lights race, Panther Racing teammates Pippa Mann and Martin Plowman left the Edmonton Grand Prix with a bittersweet feeling, after struggling for speed during the first practice and qualifying sessions. Both Pippa and Martin were pleased with the setup they had during the race, where Pippa finished in the 11th and Plowman collected a 13th-place result. Plowman fell back to 14th at the start and then ran as high as 10th before having to come to the pits to repair damage to his front wing.

With five races remaining in the season, Martin currently ranks 12th in the championship and Pippa is in the 16th position.

Pippa and Martin now are focused on next week's race on the oval at Kentucky Speedway, where Panther's Indy Lights team won the two past races with former drivers Hideki Mutoh (2007) and Dillon Battistini (2008).

Martin Plowman, No. 15 Firestone Indy Lights

"It's a bit of a bittersweet moment for me. Overall we had a very good race but we missed on the final result. After this morning's warm-up we still didn't make any improvements so my engineer Al Bodey decided to invent something fresh and completely new for the race. And it worked. I had a problem during the start with the No. 35 car that was making things difficult and I had to back out of a clean pass for a couple of times just to avoid a stupid collision with him and finally happened when he closed the door on me, damaging my front wing. But the car was still good so I kept moving up from 14th to 10th, but then the front wing gave up and I had to pit to replace it. I'm confident about our progress. We'll get them the next time".

Pippa Mann, No. 16 Firestone Indy Lights

"We struggled during the whole weekend but in the race the guys definitely gave me the best car I had since we got here. The race went green for the full 50 laps and I got to say that the changes that we made after the morning session really helped us conserve the tires during race. I'm glad that we made some progress here today and I'm looking forward to get back to the ovals next week in Kentucky".

-credit: pr

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Pippa Mann , Martin Plowman , Hideki Mutoh , Dillon Battistini
Teams Panther Racing