Huge news came through on my dad’s email saying I’d been awarded a scholarship in the USA from one of America’s leading drivers, Pippa Mann and the Lucas Oil School of Racing.
Pippa Mann, one of America’s most well-known female racing drivers has been in touch with me directly and what she said was pretty overwhelming. She wrote, “after seeing your resume, and because I watch what you do on social media, and it’s impressive, and from following your racing, we felt we wanted to offer you this opportunity if you were able to get to the US and take us up on it.” That’s pretty awesome coming from someone who knows what it takes to make it in the world of motor racing!
We’re still awaiting the final details but I do know I’ll be flying out to Florida in the new year and will be using the world-famous Sebring International Raceway, with Pippa mentoring me throughout. My manager has been in touch with her and she’s already said she wants to be with me when I’m there. She has been amazing.
When my dad read the email out to me I thought he was joking around as usual, I really didn’t think he was serious. When I got to read it myself, I was totally blown away by it. It’s not something that happens every day but I’m so proud of being the first and only person outside of the America’s to ever receive this. I really can’t wait to start, I can’t thank Pippa and Lucas Oil Racing School enough for this awesome opportunity.
Here’s a bit about Pippa’s background. After racing in karts and open wheel cars in her native England and Europe, Pippa Mann moved to the U.S. in 2009 to compete in Indy Lights. Mann is the first woman to win an Indy Lights race (Kentucky, 2010), and the first woman to earn a pole of any type at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2010 Freedom 100). She made her first career Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, and has competed in every 500 since 2013, with a best finish to date of 17th. Mann is also the fastest woman ever at IMS, recording a 230.103 MPH lap during Fast Friday at the 2017 Indy 500.
Some info about The Lucas Oil School of Racing. With its fleet of equally prepared race cars and cadre of professional driving coaches, the school has quickly established itself as the premier racing driver training program in North America. Lucas Oil School of Racing is the choice of the annual Team USA Scholarship program. Founded in 2015, Lucas Oil School of Racing is a Florida based company that offers arrive-and-drive racing schools, race series, and corporate events at locations around the United States.
I’m really looking forward to showing them what I’ve got and learning loads too.
Exciting or what…