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Indycar: Red Hot Indianapolis 500 Rookie Pippa Mann

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Dawn Peralli-OishiContributor IIMay 19, 2011

Pippa Mann may not be a household name as of yet. However, this British IZOD Indycar Series racer will be the latest woman to attempt qualifying for the prestigious Indianapolis 500 centennial race. 

This year's rookie hopes to compete with fellow female drivers Danica Patrick, Simona de Silvestro and Ana Beatriz on the starting grid.  If Mann makes the grid, she will make history as the first British woman to race in the Indy 500.

Mann has teamed up with Conquest Racing as driver of the No. 36 car for this year's Indy 500.  She completed the Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by  turning consistent laps at four speed phases: 200 to 205 mph (five laps) and 10 laps each at 205-210 mph, 210-215 and 215 or more, driving a total of 35 laps on the 2.5 mile oval, with a fastest average speed of 219.116 mph.

Weather has limited track time for drivers so far this week. This has allowed Mann to make it out on the track for two of the five practice days.  Mann is hoping to make the most of the two practice days left before Pole Day.

Mann is the first and only woman to win a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2010 Freedom 100 race. During her successful 2010 Firestone Indy Light Series season, Mann secured three poles, a win and finished fifth among the series drivers.

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