Pippa Mann driving the No.63 Susan G Komen Dale Coyne Racing Honda started the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 25th place and did a great job throughout the race to come home in 18th place, her career best finish at the Indianapolis 500.
It had been a tough month for Mann who crashed her race car following a rear wing end fence failure in the opening qualifying session and then on Carb Day on Friday she unfortunately suffered a second crash but recovered extremely well to put in a strong performance and speaking following the race she stated:
That was a little bit of a tough race for the first part of the race for us. After I made the mistake on Friday, I just had to be more careful than I wanted to be in the first part of the race. We didn’t quite have the car where we wanted it. The crew was fantastic. They kept making changes to help me make the car better. In the last couple of stints, the car was really good and we were running a really strong pace. It’s such a shame we didn’t get that lucky yellow to give us a good result but at the same time I have to be really happy with how the crew did and the way the pit stops went. Coming in cold, not having driven the race car since August, and managing to finish in the Top 20 of the Indianapolis 500, that’s not a bad day.”
Gabby Chaves in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda endured a tough day on Sunday ending the race in 20th place after being handed a drive through penalty for entering the pits when the pit-lane was closed. Chaves who qualified for the race in 20th place commented by saying:
We had a car to put us in the top six or seven and unfortunately one of the yellows came out and we were committed to pitting and we just missed the pit commit line by probably a few feet and that just set forward a sequence of events with a drive-through followed by another drive-through and that just killed our day.
Bryan Clauson in the No.88 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda started the race from 28th place and finished the race in 23rd place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It’s pretty special to complete your first Indy 500. I can’t thank these guys enough. We had a pretty clean race. I kind of found a home there in the middle of the race and settled in. I felt like our car was alright. I struggled in the big packs, in the small packs we were OK but in the big packs we struggled with balance a little bit. I’m just happy to get to the end of one! I caught a yellow at the wrong time and gave up four of five spots which was bad luck more than anything. Overall it was a great day for us and I’m happy to get the first 500 miles under my belt.
Conor Daly in the No.18 ShirtsForAmerica Honda started the race in 24th place and retired from the race after hitting the wall while trying to avoid Mikhail Aleshin on lap 114 of 200 and was classified in 29th place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
There was so much smoke, (Aleshin) spun right in front of us. Our car was fully loaded and as soon as you jump off the throttle the rear comes around. I thought I was going to run straight into him. We were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. The red, white and blue ShirtsForAmerica.com/Lilly Diabetes machine was just unlucky. It’s disappointing for our race to end like that.