A long-awaited confirmation has arrived this morning, as Dale Coyne Racing and it’s longtime Indianapolis 500 driver Pippa Mann announced that they will once again team up during the month of May in 2018.
Mann, 34, has contested each of the last five Indianapolis 500’s with the Honda-powered team and recorded her best finish at Indianapolis last year when she placed 17th. Since 2013, she has steadily improved her finishing position at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing by finishing 30th in 2013, 24th in 2014, 22nd in 2015, 18th in 2016 and the 17th in 2017, as previously mentioned.
“I am honored to have been asked to drive the Donate Life car this May, and to partner with Donate Life Indiana as an ambassador to raise awareness on our mission to help reach even more Hoosiers through our education efforts,” said Mann in a press release. “This is obviously a campaign with a pretty deep personal meaning for me, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to join the racers carrying this cause forward.
“I also want to thank Dale and Gail Coyne for once again giving me this opportunity to pilot one of their entries this May. This will be my sixth year with Dale Coyne Racing and I’m truly grateful that they allow me to do this every year.”
This spring, Mann is working in support of Donate Life Indiana raising awareness of the national organ donor wait list while trying to move people to action by signing up to be organ donors. In previous years, the British driver has teamed up with Susan G. Komen to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Susan G. Komen will remain an associate sponsor on the No. 63 entry for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 bid.
The Donate Life partnership works in close conjunction with the Driven2SaveLives initiative that will sponsor Andretti Autosport’s Stefan Wilson for the month of May.
In the United States, 115,000 men, women and children wait for lifesaving organ transplants. Every 10 minutes, an individual is added to the national wait list and 22 people die each day while waiting for a lifesaving organ. By signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, you could save up to eight lives with you generous decision.
“Our education team is committed to partnering with Pippa and students and teachers across the state to bring the message of organ donation and transplantation to as many students as possible,” said Steve Johnson, Board Chairman for Donate Life Indiana.
For Coyne, this runs his tally up to four cars for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in May. Running alongside his full-time pilots in Sebastien Bourdais and Ed Jones, Mann will join Conor Daly as Indy one-offs for the Coyne stable in 2018.
“We’re very happy to welcome Donate Life Indiana to the team through their partnership with Pippa. It will certainly be different to see her in new colors this May, but it’s also very exciting,” Coyne expressed. “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.”
Images courtesy of Dale Coyne Racing.