Pippa Mann Lands Indy Drive

Pippa Mann
Pippa Mann

INDIANAPOLIS — Pippa Mann, who sat on the pole for the Firestone Freedom 100 last May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will attempt to be among the 33 starters for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500.

Mann will drive the No. 36 car for Conquest Racing, joining full-time entrant Sebastian Saavedra. Mann is the fourth (Danica Patrick, Simona de Silvestro, Ana Beatriz) female confirmed as one of the 42 entries for next month’s Indianapolis 500, but she will be the first British female to be on the entry list for the 500 Mile Race. She is the sixth driver vying for Chase Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors.

“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,” Mann said. “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. There are a lot of entries for the race this year, so it’s a somewhat interesting time to be a rookie. But my qualifying record on superspeedways is good, and I’m definitely up for the challenge.”

Mann recorded one victory, in 2010 at Kentucky, and seven top-10 finishes in 27 Firestone Indy Lights starts over two seasons.

“Pippa is a natural on ovals, and we could judge how good she is when we tested her about six weeks ago in Texas,” Conquest Racing owner Eric Bachelart said. “She has been part of the team since then, and we are all looking forward to working with her at the Speedway this year.”