By: Tanner Watkins
May 15, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Tuesday was a great day for motorsports fans across the world as the Indianapolis 500 opened practice for the month. For Pippa Mann, the day was even more enjoyable because not only did she get to compete on-track – her Clauson Marshall Racing outfit was mistake-free on day one.
Mann was 18th-quickest on the now-tow speed charts on a day that included time spent completing the Veteran Refresher Program while also acclimating to a new team. That was a pretty good start to May compared to the day a certain former Formula One world champion was 35th on the no-tow leaderboard while facing more mechanical issues.
For Mann, it came down to doing the little things right on day one – and her team did that.
“It felt great to get the Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet on track today for the first time. After a year out of an Indy car, and as a brand new team, we obviously wanted to take our time today getting back up to speed, and starting to work on our program,” said Mann at the end of the day.
“Overall, today felt like a good start to our 2019 Indianapolis 500 campaign, and while we didn’t spend a lot of time in traffic yet, the no-tow reports from today already look promising. I’m very thankful to everyone who has believed in me, including Tim Clauson, Richard Marshall, all of our sponsors and Stanley Ross of Ross Motorsports.
Aligned in principle with A.J. Foyt Racing – who had Tony Kanaan show well in the no-tow speeds on Tuesday – the Clauson-Marshall unit should be holding their heads high after the first day of on-track activity.
Certainly the No. 39 team will need to build on their efforts from Tuesday, but they didn’t take any steps backward yesterday – and that is as good as moving forward if you are a one-off team.
“I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to continue down this path, keep improving and make all of our supporters proud this May,” said Mann.
If this Clauson-Marshall team can keep chipping away day-in and day-out, they will almost certainly like their standing by the end of the day on Sunday.
Header image by Chris Jones/INDYCAR.
Open-Wheels coverage of the 2019 month of May at Indianapolis is presented by Driven 2 Save Lives. Driven 2 Save Lives, an entity of the Indiana Donor Network, is a program that utilizes motorsports as a platform to encourage race fans to become organ donors. Currently, there are 114,000 individuals that are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor at Driven2SaveLives.org/register and follow Driven2SaveLives on Facebook and Twitter.