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Pippa Mann Secures 24th Place Indy 500 Finish
Posted by: newsla on May 26, 2014 - 07:16 AM
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Pippa Mann Secures 24th Place Indy 500 Finish


Pippa Mann finished the 98th running of The Indianapolis 500 in 24th place, after a strong run from the Briton, mired only by a problem pit stop in the early stages of the race.

 

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Mann and the No. 63 Susan G. Komen / Dale Coyne Racing machine started from 22nd position, on the inside of row eight, as the field of 33 lined-up to take the green flag on Sunday afternoon.

As the 500-mile race got underway, Mann quickly settled into a good pace and was running in a comfortable 23rd position after the first round of pit stops.

Just over the 50-lap mark, the No.63 Dale Coyne Racing team called Mann onto pit lane for their second re-fuel and tire change, but as she re-joined the track it was clear that the left rear wheel was not secure. Mann immediately returned to pit lane where the crew were waiting to ad­dress the issue, however a lengthy delay in getting the left rear wheel off the car caused Mann to drop several laps to the leaders, re-joining the race in 31st position.

Mann was intent not to interfere with anyone else’s race, so took a few laps to filter back in properly and resume her previous race pace. Once up to speed, Mann was comfortably lapping with those cars running in the top 15, despite being down the order after her second pit stop. She fin­ished the race in 24th position, her second-best Indy 500 result to date.

Speaking about the race, Mann said: "Overall I think I have to come away fairly content with how our afternoon went today, and I’d like to thank the entire Dale Coyne Racing team for all their hard work this month. Obviously it’s always tough to have a difficult pit stop but I’m really glad the wheel didn’t come off and the safety nut did its job. When we got back to pit lane the safety nut actually did its job a little too well and the crew struggled to get that wheel off, but it just proves that the safety measures were doing as they were supposed to! The #63 Dale Coyne Racing crew really hung in there and didn’t give up. They got me back out on track and we just kept digging all afternoon long.

"I was definitely happy with the pace of the Susan G. Komen car today, and I spent a lot of time learning more about the DW12 around the Indian­apolis Motor Speedway in traffic, and time learning about the adjustments that I need from the car during the pit stops. All of that stuff is really positive information that goes in my data bank going forward, and it makes me feel much more confident about coming back here in the future.

"In terms of the literal laps we were able to run, obviously with this car it was important to go out there and keep running laps for an entirely differ­ent, secondary reason. I’m really pleased we were able to go out there and exceed our 400 lap target for the month, to raise funds and aware­ness for Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer. It’s been an absolute honor to carry the Susan G. Komen Running Ribbon this month."

Mann’s pink car has completed a total of 484 laps since Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and there is still time to contribute to the campaign via the pledge site which closes at midnight tonight.

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