Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mann Lands '500' Ride

After testing with the team over the off-season, Firestone Indy Lights veteran Pippa Mann has signed with Conquest Racing to run in next Month's Indianapolis 500.

“Having the chance to compete in the Indy 500 is something that we have been working extremely hard to bring to fruition over the winter," said Mann. "I tested with Conquest Racing earlier this year and given how well that test went, we have since been working tirelessly to put this deal together. The past few months have been a rollercoaster ride for me, and I’m just thrilled that we’re now able to tie things up."

The British rookie, who will run the #36 alongside teammate Sebastian Saavedra, started from the pole in last year's Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race before being taken out by a spinning Jeff Simmons.

“I am delighted to confirm Pippa alongside Sebastian for the Centennial edition of the Indy 500," Conquest Racing Owner Eric Bachelart said. "Pippa is a natural on ovals and we could judge how good she is when we tested her about six weeks ago in Texas. She has been part of the team since then and we are all looking forward to working with her at the Speedway this year.”

Pippa marks the 36th confirmed car/driver combination entered into next month's Indianapolis 500, with 6 TBA entries still to unfold.

Be sure to check out the Q&A with Pippa just before her first IZOD IndyCar Series test back in February.


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