Ladies start your engines! For the first time ever, a "Magic Mile" record four women will race side-by-side at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225 next Sunday.
INDYCAR’s most popular driver, Danica Patrick will be among four female drivers who will cross the Granite Stripe when the green flag waves at NHMS.
Patrick, who pilots the No. 7 GoDaddy.com car for Andretti Autosport was recently named Forbes third highest paid female athlete. She boasts one victory and 60 top-10 finishes in 109 IZOD IndyCar Series races. She was the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and finished third in the 2009 race.
Behind the wheel of her No. 78 HVM Racing Honda, top-female driver Simona De Silvestro will take her first laps around “The Magic Mile” when the series races into town. The Swiss native began her IZOD IndyCar Series career in 2010. She quickly adapted to Indy cars, winning Rookie of the Year honors at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 and also earned the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Rising Star award. So far this season De Silvestro boasts one top-five and three top-10 finishes in INDYCAR’s elite series. She is back after making national headlines after being severely burned in a crash during practice prior to the Indy 500.
Two-time Firestone Indy Lights Series winner Ana Beatriz will race at 200 mph in the No. 24 Team Ipiranga car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing next week. The 26 year old Sao Paulo, Brazil native moved to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010 on a limited basis before going full-time this season.
Pippa Mann will run her second of four IZOD IndyCar Series races for Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan piloting the No. 30 Dallara-Honda during the MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225. Mann is the only female driver with on-track experience in an Indy car at NHMS. She joined INDYCAR star Will Power for a test session in early July.
Mann was the first female to race in the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship and in 2010 was the first female to earn a pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Firestone Indy Lights Series.
The MoveThatBlock.com INDY weekend is just days away. This action-packed weekend includes the Firestone Indy Lights Series Firestone Indy Lights 100, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Granite State Classic and the American-Canadian Tour All Star race. To purchase tickets for these exciting events, call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit www.nhms.com.