INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (May 28, 2017) – Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pippa Mann completed her sixth Indianapolis 500, where she earned a career best finish of 17th position. For the fourth year in a row, Pippa completed every lap of the challenging event, climbing nine spots during the 200 lap race.
Pippa started 28th and slipped to the rear of the field on the start, but quickly settled in and began to reclaim ground. She made her first pit stop from 26th, and began to close the gap on the next cars ahead. A red flag temporarily paused the race one quarter into the race, allowing the competitors to take a brief re-set before getting back to racing. As the phrase goes, cautions bred cautions, and once the racing resumed from the red flag, the event produced a series of incidents. Quick calls from Pippa’s spotters allowed her to quickly maneuver away from the action at several points, avoiding damage and continuing her climb up the charts.
At the halfway point, Pippa had climbed to 20th place, continuing to push forward and gain ground with consistent laps. An issue during the fifth pit stop of the No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing car nudged Pippa back down the field to rejoin in 26th. A series of incidents then brought out several yellow flags in the second half of the race, and again, teamwork between the Dale Coyne Racing crew, Pippa, and her spotters kept her car clear of the damage, needing only to pit for fresh tires, or fuel stops. Pippa raced clean to the finish line, bettering last year’s 18th place finish with a 17th place result.
“Today was a tough, messy day at the race track,” said Mann. “We struggled a little with a few issues with the car, and we struggled with a couple of issues on pit road that were outside our control. Overall, I’m really proud of the 63 Dale Coyne Racing team. Despite the fact it felt like things just kept going wrong today, they kept digging, and kept after it. Coming home in the top twenty for the second year running, and bettering last year’s finish despite a much scrappier day, definitely feels like some reward for everyone’s hard work, but we’re racers, and we always want to do better. Without the pit issues outside of our control today, we might have just sneaked into that top 15, but that’s part of this sport.
“I also want to congratulate my team-mate Ed Jones on an incredible run to third place today. It’s a great result for both him, and for Dale Coyne Racing.”
Pippa is next scheduled to be back in action at the second round for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American series with Prestige Performance at Watkins Glen on Friday 30th June/Saturday 1st July.