Last week a well-known British tabloid published an interview with British race car driver, Pippa Mann, the first ever British woman to contest the Indianapolis 500. For reasons that will be obvious to anyone who follows the American IndyCar Series, it was a tasteless article which Mann was subsequently horrified and furious about.
Ex-Formula One driver, Jean Alesi, signed a contract with Newman/Haas yesterday to compete in the legendary Indianapolis 500 on 27th May 2012. Doubts had been growing over Alesi’s chance of competing in the race, after one of Lotus’ partners, HVM Racing owner Keith Wiggins, saying the money isn’t there to support an extra seat.
As tributes continue to flood in for British driver Dan Wheldon, I suspect many of you are only now learning what a great ambassador he was for the sport. I never met Dan, but like many enthusiasts I enjoyed watching his rise to fame in IndyCar racing and the irrepressible spirit he showed when he sniffed the opportunity of a race win.