Dale Coyne Racing confirmed on Monday that Pippa Mann will return to the team to compete in this years 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil which takes place in less than a month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It will be Mann’s fourth consecutive Indianapolis 500 and she will once again run her pink #GetInvolved campaign which helps to raise funds for Susan G. Komen and will sport a pink helmet along with the Komen running ribbon.
Pippa commented by saying:
This cause is something very personal to me, and to Dale Coyne Racing, While racing a pink car the past two years certainly attracts attention and awareness for Susan G. Komen, the most important part of our partnership is taking this amazing stage that is the Indianapolis 500, and using it to raise money that can actually go towards care and research. Over the past two years, we’ve raised over a $100,000 through activities surrounding the racing program that support Komen’s mission, including the 2015 campaign; and we’re hoping to double last year’s goal this year!
Dr Judy Salemo, President and CEO of Komen commented by saying:
Pippa has been a tireless advocate for our mission to end breast cancer and the funds she has raised are helping to fund research and serve women facing this disease. We are grateful to her and the Indy 500 family for their life-saving support,
Speaking about competing in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Mann commented by saying:
I’m so happy to be confirmed for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing. I fell in love with the Indy 500 when I saw it live for the first time in 2009, and it’s always such a special event to be part of,” said Mann. “Dale Coyne Racing has been my home now for the past three seasons at this race, and I am so thankful for the support and opportunities I have had with Dale and Gail’s team.
Rob Ridgley has been confirmed as Mann’s lead engineer for the No.63 Honda with whom she secured her career best finish of 13th place in a Verizon IndyCar Series event last season. It will be their first Indianapolis 500 together and speaking about the news Mann commented by saying:
I’m also excited to be teaming up again with my engineer from last season, Ridge, for our first Indy 500 together. I think the continuity of having worked together last year will really help us conquer some of the learning curve that comes from being a one-off entry each year. Working together, we finished both of the other 500 mile races in the top 15 last year, so it would be nice to try and continue, or improve, upon that trend this May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Team owner Dale Coyne commented by saying:
We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Pippa and the Susan G. Komen organization. Pippa has shown tremendous dedication and drive in a sport that has been our lives for years. With her positive efforts on the ovals last year, coming back for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this year is only a natural.
Mann joins Dale Coyne Racing team mate’s Conor Daly and Luca Filippi in the field for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil which takes place on May 29. For tickets visit – http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/buy-tickets