Pippa Mann becomes Indianapolis's first-ever female pole-sitter
28 May 2010

British racer Pippa Mann has become the first woman to take pole position for a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built 101 years ago.

The 27-year-old from London set fastest time in qualifying for the Firestone Freedom 100 Indy Lights race, which is the official feeder category to Indy Racing League.

"I knew we had a quick race car, but I wasn’t expecting to be on pole position," said Mann, who races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. "My dash wasn’t working and I had no idea what my speed was, so you can imagine how surprised I was to find out we were on pole!"

Mann started racing in karts, before contesting Formula Renault and Formula Renault 3.5, where she also set a pole position. She is in her second year of Indy Lights

She is the second female pole-sitter in Indy Lights history. Sarah McCune set the fastest time in 2005 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The Firestone Freedom 100 takes place later today (Friday). Four female racers will take the start of the main Indy 500 event on Sunday.

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28 May 2010

[quote Autocar]British racer Pippa Mann has become the first woman to take pole position for a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built 101 years ago.[/quote]

nice to have on your CV

wonder when we'll next have a female F1 driver?

28 May 2010

[quote Holy.Cat]wonder when we'll next have a female F1 driver? [/quote]

When Adolf Ecclestone is dead. He can't bear the idea of having women in F1. That man is trouble, and a thoroughly nasty piece of work to boot.

If he was out of the way, we could have this girl and Danica Patrick both in F1.

Now, where can I find me a hit-man to do Bernie in?

29 May 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]If he was out of the way, we could have this girl and Danica Patrick both in F1.[/quote]

I have a similar take on Bernie's influence on F1 - but really, Danica Patrick is not even in the same league as the slowest F1 drivers. Still, it would be fun to get a lot more women in the mix in racing in general.

29 May 2010

[quote ACCobra427]... it would be fun to get a lot more women in the mix in racing in general.[/quote]

No it wouldn't and shooshy now. Shooshy.

It's only interesting if the individual has talent. It is of no consequence whether or not a racing driver is a woman as long as the individual has competitive pace.

This means that equally as important as preventing artificial barriers to women's progress in any field is the prevention of any artificial favour for women who aren't as capable as their peers.

Come to understand that and you will no longer be a chauvinist.

Bernie Ecclestone couldn't give a Richard Hammond about the sex of the best drivers in Formula One. If he could, why would he have allowed Kobayashi and Damon Hill to race - both of whom are ladies?

Other positive aspects of having fewer women in motorsport is the quality of parking achieved when in the pits, and a general reduction in faffing about and hair.

29 May 2010

When I saw the headline of this thread I thought : 'Waheey I bet she did!'. Imagine my disappointment when I read on.

29 May 2010

[quote VirginPower]Come to understand that and you will no longer be a chauvinist.[/quote]

[quote VirginPower]Other positive aspects of having fewer women in motorsport is the quality of parking achieved when in the pits, and a general reduction in faffing about and hair.[/quote]

And you're calling me a chauvinist! ;)

I'm sure that there are plenty of women that are more than capable of racing at the top level in motorsport. Let's just say that the system isn't exactly stacked in their favour - old boy networks and outdated opinions etc...

I do agree that people should only get anywhere in life on merit alone, not by virtue of the fact that they are in a 'minority'. Let's leave that cr@p for the politicians who would love to employ a one legged, black, Muslim, Welsh speaking turnip farmer because it makes them look unbiased, multi-cultural and fair and ticks all the right boxes :) . I know, i'm a cynic.

However, if they can drive, they should be able to drive independently of any other factor - I still hope to see more women getting into motorsport on their ability to drive.

29 May 2010

[quote VirginPower]Kobayashi and Damon Hill to race - both of whom are ladies?[/quote] Not sure about Kobayashi but you've got it bang on with Hill. Didn't this website's 2nd most moronic contributor - after Alan Henry - Golfwoman apply for a seat in an F1 team this year?

30 May 2010

[quote blasos1983][quote VirginPower]Kobayashi and Damon Hill to race - both of whom are ladies?[/quote] Not sure about Kobayashi but you've got it bang on with Hill. Didn't this website's 2nd most moronic contributor - after Alan Henry - Golfwoman apply for a seat in an F1 team this year?[/quote]

Who is Golfman, then?

30 May 2010

[quote ACCobra427]

[quote Straight Six Man]If he was out of the way, we could have this girl and Danica Patrick both in F1.[/quote]

I have a similar take on Bernie's influence on F1 - but really, Danica Patrick is not even in the same league as the slowest F1 drivers. Still, it would be fun to get a lot more women in the mix in racing in general.

[/quote]

Really? Why isn't she?

30 May 2010

[quote VirginPower]No it wouldn't and shooshy now. Shooshy.[/quote]

Yes it would.

[quote VirginPower]

It's only interesting if the individual has talent. It is of no consequence whether or not a racing driver is a woman as long as the individual has competitive pace. This means that equally as important as preventing artificial barriers to women's progress in any field is the prevention of any artificial favour for women who aren't as capable as their peers.

[/quote]

A good point, well made.

[quote VirginPower]Bernie Ecclestone couldn't give a Richard Hammond about the sex of the best drivers in Formula One. If he could, why would he have allowed Kobayashi and Damon Hill to race - both of whom are ladies?[/quote]

YOU WHAT?! Hill is one of the all-time greats - maybe not statistically, but as a sportsman and a gentleman, he's unbeatable. Certainly much nicer than the cobbler Kraut who cheated him out of a championship... just because you're licking a certain German's rear orifice...

[quote VirginPower]Other positive aspects of having fewer women in motorsport is the quality of parking achieved when in the pits, and a general reduction in faffing about and hair.[/quote]

That whole women can't park thing is a total myth - and some of the F1 drivers are right peacocks! So don't have a go at the women for it. If they can excel in NASCAR, IndyCars, etc, there's no reason why they can't compete properly in F1.

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