British racing driver Pippa Mann says she is unsure of what her future participation in the Indianapolis 500 looks like or even if she will get to compete in the race again. In a heartfelt posting on her official Facebook page on Thursday as the NTT IndyCar Series completed their first of two days of testing ahead of next months 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, Mann said:
Today, from my house in Indianapolis, I will hear the sounds of race cars.
Learning I would not have a chance to compete at the #Indy500 this year, for the second year in a row, was rough. Coming off the run we had with Clauson Marshall Racing in 2019, for that positive momentum not to be able to propel the next steps was hard.
But I am working every day to remember to be proud of the accomplishments I have achieved at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to remember that I did have the chance to do this – a chance so many never get.
I’m proud to have driven for some great teams, to have represented Driven2SaveLives, of how I’ve represented my sponsors, and of how I’ve performed in the race cars I’ve driven.
Will I get to come back in 2022, or was 2019 the last time and the end of road? Honest answer: I don’t know.
But I do know that I am grateful to be earning my living week in, week out in this sport, coaching and co-driving across America rather than working in an office, and I’m thrilled WS-Racing invited me join their Girls only. Ready to rock the Green Hell effort at the #Nordschleife this year.
And I also know that I was so happy to see a female focused effort come to fruition with ParettaAutosport and Simona. You know who I’m going to be rooting for this May. ✊🏻