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Mann back at Dale Coyne for Texas

Pippa Mann will take over the #18 Dale Coyne Racing car for this weekend's Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway, the team announced Tuesday.
Britain's Pippa Mann will be back in action this weekend in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship, after behind selected to take up the seat of the #18 car fielded by the Dale Coyne Racing team.

The car was in victory circle at the weekend in Detroit, after Mike Conway piloted it to victory from a front row start in the first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual double-header.

Conway also put the car on pole position for the second race on Sunday, and finished on the podium again after crossing the line in third place behind Simon Pagenaud and James Jakes.

However, there was no possibility that Conway would choose to continue his winning momentum and be persuaded to stay on for this forthcoming weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway, or for the following three races at Milwaukee, Iowa and Pocono.

Conway decided at the end of the 2012 season that he was no longer comfortable racing on ovals any longer, and dropped out of his full-time ride with AJ Foyt Racing at short notice ahead of the season finale at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana, California.

So while Conway delivered well above expectations at the street course on Belle Isle at the weekend, the team were well aware that they would need to find a new driver to take over at Texas. One option would have been to return Brazil's Ana Beatriz to the seat, after she ran the first five races of the current season for the team.

Instead, Dale Coyne has decided to keep an all-British feel to the driver line-up and picked up Pippa Mann for the vacant berth alongside the tea's regular driver, former F1 driver Justin Wilson from Sheffield. Mann drove for the team as part of a three-car Dale Coyne Racing line-up at Indianapolis alongside Wilson and Beatriz, which marked the first time that two female drivers had ever been team mates in the Indy 500.

“We are excited to have Pippa back with the team for Texas,” said the team owner. “She was moving up through the field during the Indianapolis 500 and if she wouldn't have had contact with the wall I think she would have had a top finish that day.”

“I am very excited to be back with Dale Coyne Racing for the Firestone 550k at Texas Motor Speedway," said the 29-year-old from London. "We had a great car at the Indianapolis 500 and I am looking forward to bringing the team a good finish there Saturday night under the lights.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway, Dale Coyne and Justin Wilson on the podium after Conway`s win in race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Mike Conway celebrates with Dale Coyne Racing after winning race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Pippa Mann exits the qualifying inspection line on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Michael Roth for IndyCar Media)
Pippa Mann between runs on the fifth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Wednesday May 15, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Pippa Mann awaits developments on Bump Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday May 19, 2013. (Picture Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
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