Dale Coyne Racing has confirmed that Pippa Mann will drive for the team at this year's Indianapolis 500. The 29-year-old joins fellow Briton Justin Wilson and Brazil's Ana Beatriz to complete three Honda-powered entries for the team into the 97th running of the Indy 500.
“I'm delighted to be able to share this news!" related Mann, who raced at Indy in 2011. "I actually first met Dale several years ago, before I came to the U.S., at what turned out to be the final Champ Car test at Sebring right before the open-wheel merger. We've sort of had an ongoing conversation ever since then, and I actually got very close to getting in one of Dale's cars on Bump Day last year. A year later, we've now put this program together, and I cannot wait to be back on track with Honda and running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.”
“We have known and followed Pippa from her first interest in coming over to America and the IndyCar series," added team owner Coyne. "Her hard work and dedication are commendable and have shown results. She has qualified for Indy, qualified on pole at Indianapolis for the Indy Lights race, won an Indy Lights race at Kentucky and has been a great asset for the sport.”
Mann finished 20th in her first run in the 2011 "500," with Conquest Racing, in which she became the eighth female and first from the UK to take part in the Memorial Day weekend classic. She has been without a full-time drive since finishing fifth in her second season of Indy Lights in 2010. Her last open-wheel outing was at Sonoma in Auto GP last year.
Mann's addition to the field brings the confirmed Indy 500 field to 30, three short of the traditional car count of 33, although several drivers including Buddy and Jaques Lazier, Townsend Bell and Jay Howard and are all reportedly working on deals.