Pippa Mann: From Indy 500 to Low-Buck Enduro

Many a low-buck endurance racer has dreamed of eventually posting a start in the Indy 500. We can all dream, right?

But how does an Indy 500 regular adapt to ChampCar racing? While making her sedan debut? In a car that only has ABS up front? And at a track she’s never run before? 

Pippa Mann, who currently has seven Indy 500 starts to her credit, recently ran a ChampCar race at Sebring in an E46-chassis BMW

My first thoughts driving my first ever laps in a sedan?” she posted. “Holy body-roll. I thought the Trofeo Lamborghini car had body roll. I had no idea. It actually almost felt wobbly. The thought crossed my mind as to whether I was going to be able to even drive the car quickly, or whether I would be an Indy 500 driver who proved herself to be the Queen of Chumps by not being able to figure out how to drive a sedan.”

Check her blog for the full story.

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T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
1/22/20 1:51 p.m.

That was an interesting read - thanks for posting the link to it.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/22/20 2:38 p.m.

In reply to T.J. :

Cool. Glad that you enjoyed it. 

"Who here has never raced at this track before?"

"Oh, you with all the Indy 500 experience, yeah, you're in the novice group."

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
1/22/20 3:10 p.m.

dude, get her to submit some stuff to the magazine.  

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/22/20 3:19 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

I know, right?

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
1/22/20 3:21 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Sorry man, not trying to do your job.  ;-)

STM317
STM317 UltraDork
1/22/20 3:21 p.m.

She's been really impressive in the interviews that I've seen. Seems like she loves racing for all the right reasons and goes about things the right way. I've always felt she deserved a bit more spotlight. Enjoyed the story as well.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/22/20 3:51 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

It's all good. :)

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
1/22/20 4:14 p.m.

Awesome.  More please.

 

What other top lever pro drivers have raced Chump/Champ or LeMons, I think Randy Lanier did.  Any others?

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
1/22/20 7:14 p.m.

I think Greg Biffle does quite a bit of fun racing now.  I know he has some horrifying sandrails and other desert stuff.

Will
Will UltraDork
1/22/20 7:57 p.m.

Didn't Tony Stewart run a Lemons race years ago?

Randy Pobst?

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy Dork
1/22/20 8:03 p.m.


 

met Randy Pobst at the last Sebring race :)

Billy_Bottle_Caps
Billy_Bottle_Caps SuperDork
1/22/20 8:37 p.m.

good read..

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
1/23/20 9:20 a.m.
Lof8 - Andy said:


 

met Randy Pobst at the last Sebring race :)

LOL, I looked at that and my first thought was:

'Damn, Randy's looking old' 

Then I realized he's 10 years older than me (I check, he's 12 years older). 

Then I looked in a mirror. 

Then I thought 'Damn, Randy's looking good'

Bill Strong
Bill Strong New Reader
1/23/20 10:22 a.m.

A shortlist, and I know I am missing some. I go to all 30 races each year and I talk to so many people for the ChampCar show.  Lots of the top racers use a pseudonym when entering. Sometimes I interview them not knowing who they are until after I am done. Those are the funny ones. The NASCAR drivers are the best, they just totally screw with me.
I know we have a lot of IMSA drivers as they use our races to prep for tracks they will later run. Same with some of the road racer NASCAR drivers.

Pippa Mann
Adam Corolla
Jay Leno
Randy Pobst
Tommy Byrne (F1)
Leh Keen
Bobby Allison
Tony Stewart
Terry Labonte
Ken Schrader
Mike Skinner (I think)
Michael Fassbender
Chris Harris (Top gear)
Jack Baldwin
Joe Sahlen
Joe Nonnamaker
Will Nonnamaker
Wayne Nonnamaker
Bill Riley
Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Doug Boles (IMS President)
Dan Binks
Tommy Archer

 

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
1/23/20 10:27 a.m.

In reply to Bill Strong :

Cool, what about the Taylor kids Jordan and Ricky? although I'm not sure the Captain would let one of his drivers compete in CHAMP car, but what about the past?

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
1/23/20 10:38 a.m.

So can I add this to my resume now "Passed a Indy 500 starter on the outside of turn 14 at Sebring?"

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
1/23/20 10:39 a.m.
Adrian_Thompson said:

In reply to Bill Strong :

Cool, what about the Taylor kids Jordan and Ricky? although I'm not sure the Captain would let one of his drivers compete in CHAMP car, but what about the past?

I'm pretty sure Jordan would have that slathered all over his social media. As long as Ricky is working for Penske, I highly doubt he'll ever see any crapcan racing. 

Bill Strong
Bill Strong New Reader
1/23/20 10:55 a.m.
Adrian_Thompson said:

In reply to Bill Strong :

Cool, what about the Taylor kids Jordan and Ricky? although I'm not sure the Captain would let one of his drivers compete in CHAMP car, but what about the past?

I think they have but under their fake names. So I am not 100% certain.

Bill Strong
Bill Strong New Reader
1/23/20 11:02 a.m.

And I know we have had a bunch more, but they have asked us to keep it on the down-low for personal or professional reasons. 
Sometimes they don't want the fans showing up and turning their fun weekend of no-pressure racing into a show.

It's funny. Sometimes I know who I am interviewing, but won't say who the guy is, just asking him how his weekend is going, and after I am done, you will hear Doc Waldrop say something like, "Hmmm, he looks familiar".
My most fun interviews have been the lower lever NASCAR drivers. They are a blast to talk to. They want to thank everyone under the moon, and even make up silly sponsor names on the fly. Give fake reports of how great their car is doing, even though it's behind them in the shot on jackstands with the engine half out of the car.

Fun stuff.

slowbird
slowbird Dork
1/23/20 1:21 p.m.

Travis Pastrana and the nitro circus raced an El Camino and got parked for too many black flags.

dyintorace
dyintorace PowerDork
1/23/20 3:03 p.m.

Really neat article. Thanks for sharing it!

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UberDork
1/23/20 3:30 p.m.

I have raced a lot of those names listed above.  

 

These men and women are totally approachable at these races and will bench race with you and share a beer after the checkered flag.

It's cool that this type of racing really brings all level of competitor together. 

I have heard that some nudists like being naked because then you can't judge people based on perceptions of who they are or what they do.  I would argue wearing a racesuit is similar. 

 

If you didn't know who Randy Pobst is, you would walk past him as he is just another dude working on making his racecar faster.

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
1/23/20 3:33 p.m.


What was Randy driving?  His own car or as an invited driver on another team?

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
1/23/20 3:40 p.m.

This was a great thread that now has moved on to being awesome.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UberDork
1/23/20 3:44 p.m.
Adrian_Thompson said:


What was Randy driving?  His own car or as an invited driver on another team?

Most teams have open spots for drivers.  Randy was driving somebody else's v6 newer mustang.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/26/20 9:56 p.m.

Just a bump for the Sunday night/Monday morning crowd. 

Happy to see all the positive chatter on this one. smiley

racerfink
racerfink UltraDork
1/26/20 10:25 p.m.

In reply to wvumtnbkr :

Randy was driving Dr. Goldy’s Mustang at the year end Sebring race.  Pippa drove at the September Sebring race.

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