By: Spencer Neff
February 27, 2019 | 1:08 PM
Clauson-Marshall Racing and Pippa Mann will team up for this May’s Indianapolis 500. Mann, looking to appear in her seventh Indianapolis 500, will pilot the No. 39 Dallara-Chevrolet.
The London, United Kingdom-native made her first Indianapolis 500 appearance in 2011. Driving for Conquest Racing, she started 32nd and finished 20th.
Mann’s best finish in the 500 is 17th (2017), and her career-best start was 22nd back in 2014. In 2018, Mann partnered with Dale Coyne Racing for the sixth time, but was unable to find enough speed to make the field.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity to join Clauson-Marshall Racing for their first Indianapolis 500. This is more than just a car entry to me and the journey has been an emotional one,” Mann said in today’s press release.
“Carrying the No. 39 and the Driven2SaveLives campaign on my Chevy entry is an honor that I don’t take lightly, and I’m grateful to Tim Clauson, Richard Marshall and Stanley Ross for believing in me.”
In 2016, Mann and Clauson were teammates at Dale Coyne Racing for the Indianapolis 500. Clauson passed away from injuries in a sprint car crash in August of that year. Mann’s number 39 is the same one Clauson utilized during his career.
Although Clauson-Marshall is new to the NTT IndyCar Series, the team boasts a successful Sprint Car background.
Tim Clauson, father of the late Bryan Clauson, partnered with Richard and Jennifer Marshall to form the team. The Marshalls previously sponsored Bryan’s racing efforts through their company, Priority Aviation.
“In 2012, it was a privilege to come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a dad to a driver who was competing in his first Indy 500. Now, we are honored to have an entry in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Clauson exclaimed.
“We are especially honored to partner with Driven2SaveLives, after organ and tissue donation became an important part of our lives in 2016.”
“Merging our dirt programs with the Indy 500 program is very important to our future, and we are fortunate to have Pippa Mann behind the wheel. After watching the way she handled the circumstances of last year with such grace, we were sure that if we could help her return to the Speedway, we would.”
Driven2SaveLives (an Indiana Donor Network campaign) continues their involvement with IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year, the organization sponsored Stefan Wilson’s entry with Andretti Autosport.
“Over the past four years, Driven2SaveLives has become a beacon of hope for patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. We are excited to partner with Clauson-Marshall Racing this year to spread the donation message far and wide,” Kellie Hanner expressed.
Hanner is the Indiana Donor Network President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to Wilson’s entry last year, Driven2SaveLives also sponsored the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink. The sprint car event was held on September 6 on a makeshift dirt track set up in the Turn 3 infield on the IMS oval.
In today’s announcement., Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles lauded their continued efforts.
“We’re pleased to see Indiana Donor Network continue its involvement in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, especially after our successful partnership last year in the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at the dirt track,” said Boles.
“It’s even more gratifying to see Indiana Donor Network’s relationship with Clauson-Marshall Racing grow into support that is helping one of USAC’s best race teams climb to the Indy 500 and continue the legacy of Bryan Clauson both on short tracks and at the Speedway.”
Last year, Bump Day returned in earnest with 35 entries (the most since 2011). The extra entries made the on-track action to make the 33-car field as intense as ever. For 2019, the number of cars racing for a spot in the Indianapolis 500 could be even greater.
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