Mann takes over the RLL No. 30 that figured strongly in the late stages at Indy with Baguette. (LAT)
Rahal Letterman Lanigan announced Tuesday that it is expanding its limited IZOD IndyCar Series program to run British driver Pippa Mann in three IndyCar events later this year.
Mann, who finished 20th in becoming the first British female to ever start in the Indy 500 last month, will drive the RLL No. 30 Dallara-Honda at New Hampshire, Kentucky and Las Vegas. The 27-year-old will have a pair of testing opportunities with the team as part of the program, the first of which will take place at Loudon's New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 5.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to get back into an IndyCar this year, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan. The team has a great history in IndyCar, and a reputation that precedes them for consistently fielding fast cars,” Mann said. “After I completed Indianapolis, I didn't know what lay ahead for me, and I'm delighted not to have had too much time off before getting back in an IndyCar. I'm especially happy to return to Kentucky Speedway, where I won in Firestone Indy Lights last year. Loudon and Las Vegas will both be new tracks for me, and I'm looking forward to the test in New Hampshire in just three weeks time!”
A three-time pole winner in the Firestone Indy Lights series a year ago, Mann comes to the IZOD Indy Car Series after two seasons in the Lights cars. Last year was a breakout season for the Londoner as she used a strong late run to finish fifth in the final standings. Pippa scored top-five results in each of the last four events of the year including a wire-to-wire victory at Kentucky, in which she led 67 laps.
“Pippa showed her skills in Indy Lights last year, but we were also impressed with the way she handled herself at Indianapolis this season,” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “She showed patience during the month and kept finding speed in the car, and her racing résumé has shown that she will continue to get better every time she puts in a lap. We are looking forward to seeing her progress as the year goes on.”
Rahal Letterman Lanigan finished seventh and led 11 laps at Indy with second-year driver Bertrand Baguette, and also fielded former Indy Lights champion Jay Howard at Indy and Texas.