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Indy Lights: Mann tests again with Sam Schmidt

Pippa Mann is about to embark on a second test with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in her quest for an Indy Lights seat for next year.

Mann, living in Indianapolis over the winter in order to pursue racing opportunites, will be returning to the cockpit with the front-running team, owned by one of the most respected figures in the Indy Lights paddock.


She has already completed an oval test at the Kentucky Speedway, along with fellow 2009 debutant Stefan Wilson, on the same day that her former team-mate Martin Plowman was testing with AFS/Andretti Green Racing along with Charlie Kimball.

Mann finished the day 0.02 seconds off Kimball’s best run and a couple of tenths quicker than her 2009 team mate.

Now she moves on to the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama for a one-day road course test scheduled for Monday November 9.

She said: “Kentucky was a really good experience. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports car is very different from the Panther Racing car. The engineers have a lot of experience and knowledge, and it was great to learn so much more about oval racing in just one day.

“The team made me feel very welcome and I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into one of their cars and seeing what’s possible on a road course.

“My main goal at the test on Monday is to understand what their car wants, and then start learning how to put that into practice.”


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