Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann is set to make her fifth start in the legendary Indianapolis 500 this weekend. The former Indy Lights race winner has qualified 25th in a strong 33 car field for the 100th running of the illustrious race. Despite a scary moment on her initial qualifying run where a rear wing end fence failed, Pippa recovered brilliantly to set a competitive four-lap average on her first completed qualifying run to line up behind teammate Conor Daly. Mann has showed consistently strong speed throughout the series of practice sessions and finished the final practice before Carb Day in fifth place, ending the session as the quickest Honda driver.
After a career racing single-seaters in Europe, Pippa entered the Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2009 with Panther Racing achieving a best finish of eighth coming in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Following a successful rookie year, Mann had a breakthrough campaign in 2010 where she placed fifth in the overall standings with her first ever victory coming at Kentucky Speedway. Since then, Pippa has enjoyed limited outings in the IndyCar Series, driving for Dale Coyne Racing over the past four years. Mann has made the best of any opportunities to race, improving her performances with each passing meeting including a career best finish of 13th coming last year at both Fontana and Pocono.
Pippa worked extremely hard during the off-season to secure funding to race in the 100th Indianapolis 500 and is thrilled to be running in the renowned event for the fifth time in six years. The opening practice sessions brought much promise for Dale Coyne Racing as Pippa was extremely competitive after being out of the car for nine months. The team was quietly confident heading into qualifying but unfortunately a rear wing end fence failed on Mann’s car, however, she did a fantastic job to minimalize the damage sustained following a spin. Due to the format of Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Pippa was given another opportunity to qualify the following day and despite the previous issues, she set the 25th fastest time, out-qualifying a number of competitive cars including multiple race-winner Graham Rahal.
Away from the track, Pippa is a partner of Susan G. Komen which is the largest breast cancer organisation in the United States. Leading up to the Indianapolis 500, Mann has worked relentlessly to raise funds for the charity using The Pink #GetInvolved Campaign 2016. The campaign’s target is to raise $100,000 for Susan G. Komen by offering perks ranging from signed posters to Pippa’s 2016 Indianapolis 500 race-worn suit depending on the level of donation. Pippa is well on her way to achieving the goal but some perks are still available, to view the available list clink on the link below https://igg.me/at/getinvolved2016
Pippa is a wonderful role model for IndyCar and works tirelessly to promote the sport and interact with the fans, making her one of the most popular drivers on and off the track. In her limited outings in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pippa’s professionalism is unquestionable and she will be targeting her best Indianapolis 500 finish to date this weekend. Along with teammates Gabby Chaves and Conor Daly, Mann will be hoping to continue Dale Coyne Racing’s progress following their best result of the season last time out in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.