Indianapolis 500: Pippa Mann seals 2018 seat with Dale Coyne Racing

Pippa Mann will contest the Indianapolis 500 for a seventh time in 2018, making her sixth appearance in the race with Dale Coyne Racing

Indianapolis 500: Pippa Mann seals 2018 seat with Dale Coyne Racing

Mann's appearance at the Indy 500 has been boosted by a new deal with primary sponsor Donate Life Indiana.

It will also be the fourth entry in the race for DCR, with regular driver Sebastien Bourdais joined by part-time entry Pietro Fittipaldi and Conor Daly getting a one-off return.

Mann managed her best finish at the Indy 500 of 17th last year, and told Autosport that she is aiming for an "ideal" top 10 finish in 2018.

"I'm very grateful to have the support of Gail, Dale and Dale Coyne Racing and that's not a soundbite," said Mann, who made her Indianapolis 500 debut with Conquest in 2011.

"Without them, this story really would have ended after one Indianapolis 500 and I would never have gotten to come back.

"It's very unique for someone in my position as a one-off entry to have a team that is effectively your home, year after year, welcome you back.

"The biggest thing coming into the Indy 500, and I say this to everyone who asks about my goals, is to have a realistic expectation.

"I feel our team and the way we band together means we can have a go at the top 15 and ideally the top 10.

"For us, that's the goal and an expectation. If we do our job right and have some luck, it could come our way.

"Ridge [race engineer Rob Ridgely] and I work well together, we enjoy it, we're both here because we want to crack the top 15 and even the top 10."

Mann added that the new universal aerokit should make a one-off appearance easier compared to the previous era's manufacturer designs.

"The last car was very difficult to drive, and it snapped on the edge with minimal warning," she said.

"So, for someone who didn't get to drive the car all that often, having the car moving without any warning made it a difficult car to step into and do a good job.

"The feedback we get from other drivers who have driven this car is yes, it moves around a lot more, but it's giving you a lot more information as a driver."

Dale Coyne said he was excited to welcome Mann back into the fold.

"We're very happy to welcome Donate Life Indiana to the team through their partnership with Pippa," he said.

"It will certainly be different to see her in new colours this May, but it's also very exciting.

"We're looking forward to working with Pippa and Donate Life Indiana with their mission of educating new drivers about the importance of donor registration.

"We also look forward to having Pippa back in the #63 car this May."

Mann will drive the car for the first time on May 15 during practice for the Indy 500.

Indy 500 grid so far

Penske: Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Helio Castroneves
Chip Ganassi Racing: Scott Dixon, Ed Jones
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato
Andretti Autosport: Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Zach Veach, Stefan Wilson, Carlos Munoz
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, Jack Harvey (Michael Shank Racing partnership)
Dale Coyne Racing: Sebastien Bourdais, Pietro Fittipaldi, Conor Daly, Pippa Mann
Ed Carpenter Racing: Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter, Danica Patrick
AJ Foyt Racing: Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist
Carlin: Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball
Harding Racing: Gabby Chaves
Juncos Racing: Kyle Kaiser
Scuderia Corsa/RLLR: Oriol Servia
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Sage Karam, JR Hildebrand*

* not yet announced

shares
comments
Seven-time Indycar champion AJ Foyt survives second killer bee attack
Previous article

Seven-time Indycar champion AJ Foyt survives second killer bee attack

Next article

Penske's Helio Castroneves begins IndyCar return in Barber test

Penske's Helio Castroneves begins IndyCar return in Barber test
How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled Plus

How Ericsson achieved Indy immortality as Ganassi's main man stumbled

Chip Ganassi Racing team was strong again in the Indianapolis 500, with poleman Scott Dixon and reigning champion Alex Palou leading almost three quarters of the race between them. But when dominator Dixon was penalised for pitlane speeding, ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson stepped up to score the biggest win of his career and seize the IndyCar points lead

IndyCar
May 30, 2022
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 21, 2021
How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

IndyCar
Nov 4, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

IndyCar
Oct 17, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star Plus

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021