A great news story has finally been made official today as Pippa Mann was announced at Conquest Racing for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Pippa is no stranger to the 2.5 mile oval and claimed pole position for the FIL Freedom 100 race last year. Her run to pole position marked the first time a female has ever held first starting spot at the yard of bricks. She will be driving the #36 car alongside Sebastian Saavedra.
“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. 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.
While it has been a shame that Pippa has not secured a full ride for 2011, putting her in the car for Indy is a must. In 2010, Pippa really came into her own especially on the ovals. A pole position at Indy, a win in Kentucky, and also a second place (JUST!) at Chicagoland just to mention a couple. All in all a total of three pole positions and four top five finishes.
Another interesting point is that Pippa will be the first ever British female to compete in the 500 mile race. Congrats Pippa and we will all be cheering you on!