Fresh from its surprise victory in Race 1 at Detroit's Belle Isle last weekend, Dale Coyne Racing has announced that it will again field Pippa Mann in Saturday night's Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mann will drive the No.18 entry that took victory last weekend in the hands of Mike Conway, with Cyclops Gear branding, in what will be her first race appearance on the a 1.5-mile oval track. The Briton does have some experience of the speedway's 24-degree banking and wide racing surface, however, having tested an IndyCar there at the beginning of 2011.
The news of Mann's participation in Texas this weekend follows her debut with the team at last month's Indianapolis 500 (ABOVE), where she drove the No. 63 Cyclops Gear car for Coyne's squad. Mann qualified in 30th despite being out of an Indy car for 18 months and never previously having driven the DW12.
"After the Indy 500, I knew that overall our month of May had gone well, and that there was a chance I might have the opportunity to get back in a car for the Texas race," related Mann. "However, I wasn't sure whether it was going to happen or not until everything got confirmed this past weekend while the team was in Detroit.
“Texas Motor Speedway actually has some pretty special memories for me, because it was the venue of my first ever Indy car outing. That test with Conquest Racing led to my first Indy 500 in 2011, so I'm really looking forward to going back there for the race this weekend. I know driving the DW12 will be pretty different from the last time I drove at that track, but the Cyclops Gear car was great at Indy and I'm definitely ready to be reunited with her in Texas!"
Co-founder of Cyclops Gear, Alain Lord Mounir, added: “Cyclops Gear was thrilled to be able to support Pippa's entry into this year's Indianapolis 500. We have been extremely pleased to see the increased level of interest and awareness of Cyclops Gear products since showcasing them at such a fantastic sporting event as the Indy 500. Sales of Cyclops Gear recording eyewear have doubled in the last few weeks, and we are delighted to be able to continue our support of Pippa for the race in Texas.”