Emily is States-bound

Emily in action.

RISING star racing driver, Emily Linscott, at student at Stanford-le-Hope’s St Clere’s School, has notched up yet another achievement in her short but illustrious career by being awarded a racing scholarship in the USA, by one of America’s leading drivers, Pippa Mann.

Emily (left), who started karting at Brentwood Karting Academy just two years ago and is now racing in arguably the toughest junior race car championship in the world, the Ginetta Junior Championship, has been recognised for numerous achievements to date, but maybe none quite so spectacular as this one.

Pippa Mann, one of America’s most well-known female racing drivers has been in touch with Emily directly and her dad had to ask the question, “why Emily”.

“Pippa’s response was overwhelming”, Emily’s mum, Samantha, said proudly. Pippa wrote: “After seeing your resume, and because I watch what you do on social media, and it’s impressive, and from following your racing, we felt we wanted to offer you this opportunity if you were able to get to the US and take us up on it.”

After racing in karts and open wheel cars in her native England and Europe, Pippa Mann moved to the US in 2009 to compete in Indy Lights. Mann is the first woman to win an Indy Lights race (Kentucky, 2010), and the first woman to earn a pole of any type at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2010 Freedom 100). She made her first career Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, and has competed in every 500 since 2013, with a best finish to date of 17th. Mann is also the fastest woman ever at IMS, recording a 230.103 MPH lap during Fast Friday at the 2017 Indy 500.

The Lucas Oil School of Racing, with its fleet of equally prepared race cars and cadre of professional driving coaches, has quickly established itself as the premier racing driver training program in North America. Lucas Oil School of Racing is the choice of the annual Team USA Scholarship program. Founded in 2015, Lucas Oil School of Racing is a Florida based company that offers arrive-and-drive racing schools, race series, and corporate events at locations around the United States.

Emily is still to arrange details but knows she’ll be flying out to Florida in the new year and will be using the world-famous Sebring International Raceway, with Pippa mentoring her throughout. Emily said: “Pippa has been amazing. My manager has been in touch with her and she’s already said she’d want to be with me when I’m there.

“It’s not something that happens every day but I’m so proud of being the first and only person to ever receive this outside of America. I really can’t wait to start, I can’t thank Pippa and Lucas Oil Racing School enough for this awesome opportunity.”

Emily still has the remainder of her UK season in the Ginetta Junior Championship to go yet, with 14 more races left to compete in, she’s currently lying eighth in the rookie class, something she feels she can improve on towards the end of the season.

“I’m not where I expected to be at this stage of the season but I know why, so I’ll be working on qualifying better for each round and that will get me in to the better positions early n and allow me to fight for the places I should be getting, but I’ve really got to focus on not trying too hard, which is ultimately what is affecting my qualifying. It’ll come,“ she says, with a level of conviction that belies her age.

The school summer break is set to play a pivotal role in the youngster’s racing career choice as she gets to test several different cars, from Formula 4 to GT4 cars, which she hopes will give her the direction or path she’d like to pursue.

“The opportunities I’m getting come my way are amazing, so I guess I must be doing something right. I’m pretty hard on myself and this just helps to show me I’m doing alright, even if I don’t pat myself on the back that often” she said.