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Pippa Mann confirmed for Indy 500 return with Susan G. Komen partnership

May 1, 2014, 1:35 PM EST

Photo: Pippa Mann Racing Photo: Pippa Mann Racing

A very cool story here – Pippa Mann will be returning to the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing, in a partnership with the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization.

The “pink presser” to reveal the pink No. 63 Honda took place Thursday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mann will seek to make her third Indianapolis 500 start, having also made the field in 2011 with Conquest Racing in her Verizon IndyCar Series debut and with Coyne last year.

From Opening Day at IMS through Race Day, Mann’s car, helmet, firesuit and more will be turned pink, in an effort to raise awareness and serve as a reminder to IndyCar fans about the importance of being informed about breast cancer and taking action for their own breast health. In addition, for every lap of the speedway that Mann’s Indycar completes throughout the month of May, fans and supporters will have the opportunity to pledge an amount via the website, from which all donations will go directly to Komen to fund breast cancer research, education and outreach programs.

“Millions of people will see Pippa’s pink car and gear, bringing awareness about this very serious disease,” Komen President and CEO Judy Salerno, M.D., M.S, said in a release. “We’re so appreciative of Pippa’s commitment to her fans, and racing fans everywhere, and, especially, to the fight against breast cancer.”

Speaking about the partnership, Mann said: “This entire project started with the idea of simply taking my red crash helmet, and turning it pink to support the cause, and it has grown into something fairly amazing in a very short space of time. My Indianapolis 500 this year is no longer about me. This pink car will be out on track representing Komen, representing the survivors, and remembering those who sadly did not win their hard fought battles against breast cancer. To have been a part of creating this opportunity for Susan G. Komen at the Indianapolis 500, and to now be a part of actually making this happen, is something I am incredibly proud of.”

The pledge site – which can be accessed at www.racewithpippa.com - will be available from today, through midnight on Race Day, Sunday, May 25.

Mann will have her former engineer from 2011, Brandon Fry, leading the effort in a reunion.

It’s going to be a good story and also ensures there will be at least one female driver in the field once more – the last year there wasn’t one was in 1999. Mann has spent the year as lead analyst on IMS Radio Network’s IndyCar coverage, alongside Paul Page.

The identity of Coyne’s second car for the ’500, the season-long No. 18 Honda, is still to be determined.

  1. techmeister1 - May 1, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Hopefully Pippa will make the race. It’s a worthy cause and the race should bring more awareness to it.

    • indycar02 - May 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Y E S !…. im glad she is back, nobody wants her back more than me but N O !… its not a worthy cause (visit youtube.com/ms4mula1), do you still believe the world is flat?

      • techmeister1 - May 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Actually it IS a worthy cause and I know a LOT more about it than what you read on StupidTube.

    • indycar02 - May 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      DRUNK AGAIN!……. having great difficulty understanding what you read?… what did the fda, nih, hhs, ex-researchers say? mrmcmed.org, AND dr. donald morton and bob wineburg tell you about cancer?….. you dont know more, you have no facts, I DO!… how GULLIBLE can you get, billions of dollars every year prove the failure of animal research, stupid tube?!?…. are you out of your mind? N U T S ! who else do you support, the flat earth society.

      • indycar02 - May 1, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        now go back and do some reading, still want to make a fool of yourself? oh, by the way, what did albert sabin say about polio?….

  2. 950003cups - May 2, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Seriously? You’re both arguing? Lol

    • indycar02 - May 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      did you visit the website i listed?

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