LAS VEGAS - IndyCar rookie Pippa Mann rejects the idea that the drivers in
the Las Vegas finale did not have enough experience on ovals.
Las Vegas was Mann's third start in the IndyCar Series. Critics have complained that too many inexperienced drivers in the crowded 34-car field contributed to the 15-car accident in which two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed.
Says Mann: "They don't just let people come in off the street and race an IndyCar."
Mann was behind the accident when it began, one of the many drivers who had nowhere to go when the cars began spinning all over the track.
She made her IndyCar debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May and finished 20th. She also raced at Kentucky two weeks before the Oct. 16 finale at Las Vegas and spent two seasons in Firestone Indy Lights.