INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (September 27, 2017) — Last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook reunited for the second time this season to race together with Prestige Performance Center | Wayne Taylor Racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series.
Proudly supported by BUBBA burger, and representing the Driven to Save Lives campaign, the weekend marked Mann’s first trip to the legendary 11-turn, 2.238 mile road course in Salinas, California.
“Off the race track it was an honor for me to have the opportunity to represent the Driven2SaveLives campaign,” said Mann. “To be able to bring the campaign to the West Coast and the IMSA paddock for the first time was a proud moment. Having the opportunity to be associated with causes that are so close to my heart through my racing programs is something that means a lot to me personally.”
Mann qualified the No. 57 Prestige Performance Center | Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Paramus Super Trofeo for race one, setting a lap time to start in 15th position. Chaos ensued as the field roared into the opening turns, kicking up a cloud of dust across the track. Mann made it through the hazardous zone cleanly, and gained two positions until a car off course brought out the first full course caution of the race. Mann restarted 13th, and made the pass in turn one to take 12th position. In lap 14, Mann made the mandatory pit stop from 11th for a driver change to Holbrook.
Holbrook joined the field in prime position, able to race in clean air and run fast lap times. Running third in class, Holbrook was able to climb into ninth overall, 25 laps into the race. As she came within fighting distance of eighth place, an unforeseen mechanical issue retired the No. 57 before the race could be completed.
Eager to find redemption for the No. 57, Holbrook started race two in ninth position. A slow car in front of the No. 57 made it impossible to pass and battle for position, so Holbrook pitted on lap 17 from 11th position, giving the driving duties over to Mann for the remainder of the race. Mann restarted in eleventh and maintained position to the penultimate lap. Under the Monterey sun, the tire wear began to fall off, losing the car’s optimal grip. As Mann pushed for position, the tire wear lessened, losing 12th position with two laps to go. Mann and Holbrook finished fourth in class.
“While we were gutted not to come away with the on track results we wanted this weekend, we have both come away from this race weekend happy with the pace we were able to show in the races. It’s a good sign when you come out of an extremely difficult race, and you’re disappointed with the result, yet it was your best result as a driving pair yet, and it shows how far we have come together in such a short time.
“I also want to thank Prestige Performance, Wayne Taylor Racing and BUBBA burger for the opportunity this weekend. It was great to work with Shea again, and we’re both working hard to try and ensure this is just the beginning.”
While no future plans have yet been announced, Mann and Holbrook are continuing to work together to try and return to the Prestige Performance | Wayne Taylor Racing team, and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series, and Mann is continuing her efforts to return to the 2018 Indianapolis 500.