Pippa Mann secures sponsorship deal

British IndyCar driver, Pippa Mann, has agreed a sponsorship deal with National Tire and Battery (NBT).

 The three-race deal will help fund the driver for the remainder of the season. Mann, who is the first British woman to compete in the series, will line up at the Indy 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday 13th August where she will make her race debut for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Indy Car team.

 Orland Wolford, the president and chief executive of TBC Retail Group, who own NBT, said: “We are thrilled to have Pippa represent the NTB brand in New Hampshire. Not only is she a fine young lady with outstanding skills behind the wheel, she is building a solid reputation as being a go-getter. We look forward to watching her climb the ranks of racing.”

RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal added: “NTB and all of TBC Retail Group have been great partners to work with in the past, and we are pleased to continue our relationship with this programme. We have high expectations for this programme and we anticipate that Pippa will work very hard to represent NTB and the TBC Retail Group as professionally as possible.”

Mann added: "Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing introduced me to Orland Wolford of TBC just under a week ago now. As we were admiring my new car, I think we both thought that the Red  number 30 was already looking pretty racy in her new colour scheme, but that there was a little something lacking! Luckily, Orland agreed with me, and I can't thank him, TBC Corporation and Service Central enough for coming on board! I am extremely excited to be added to the roster of Indy Car drivers whom they have supported and I am looking forwards to representing National Tire & Battery and Big O Tires out on track for the remainder of this season!”