Dale Coyne Racing’s Pippa Mann in the No.63 Susan G Komen ended the final practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Carb Day on Friday as the fastest Honda powered car ending her 116 lap count for the day in fifth place behind the Chevrolet powered cars of Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Sage Karam.
Mann will start Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 25th place after recording a four lap qualifying average of 226.006mph.
Mann’s run on Monday was perfect preparation for this weekend’s race following the problematic start to qualifying for the Ipswich native on Saturday which saw her Dale Coyne Honda suffer a rear wing end fence failure meaning that she only had one four lap attempt at qualifying on Sunday.
Speaking following her day of running on Monday, Mann commented by saying:
I think anyone who was watching knows that most of the people at this end of the timing charts caught a pretty big tow. I’m no exception. But I think and I hope that we have a top-20 or top-15 race car. That’s the goal. That’s the hope. There were some people that were better than me today, but there were also some people that I was better than, too. Still work to do, but not bad, considering the track temps and what some other people have got too.” (About intensity of practice session): “This was like Carb Day on steroids because we were out there doing it for four hours. It got a bit hairy a few times, actually. Nobody wants to go out there and tear up a race car this close to race day, for sure. It was pretty hairy out there, but that’s representative of what it will be like in the race. In the race, when you have that many cars in a group, you won’t be able to run fast times. You’ll have to use all the gears and occasionally use the brakes. I know that sounds weird here. It gets really interesting and difficult and you are reacting to what everyone is doing, not just what your car is doing.