Dale Coyne Racing has re-signed Pippa Mann to drive its third car in this year's Indianapolis 500 in an entry sponsored by the world's leading breast cancer organisation, the Susan G Komen.
"Dale Coyne Racing has an amazing crew coming on board to staff the No. 63 car," said the 30-year-old, originally from London. "I can't thank Dale and the team enough for their support of this project, and for all the hard work they have also put into this behind the scenes."
Mann has already competed in four races for Dale Coyne, including last year's Indianapolis 500. Mann made her debut in the 'Greatest Spectacle in Motorsport' with Conquest Racing in 2011 when she finished in 20th place in a race won by compatriot Dan Wheldon.
The #63 will carry a special pink-and-white livery in support of the campaign to help raise funds and awareness for the battle against breast charity. As part of the arrangement, Mann will make a rare change to her racing helmet colours to fit in with the special palette.
"This entire project started with the idea of simply taking my red crash helmet, and turning it pink to support the cause," explained Mann. "I've closely guarded my helmet design and colors. You don't see me change often.
"It has grown into something fairly amazing in a very short space of time. My Indianapolis 500 this year is no longer about me," she continued. "This pink car will be out on track representing Komen, representing the survivors, and remembering those who sadly did not win their hard fought battles against breast cancer.
"We will be out there not only racing for position, and competing in a classic racing sense against our competitors on track, but we will also be out there racing for the cure," she added.
"Millions of people will see Pippa's pink car and gear, bringing awareness about this very serious disease," contibuted Judy Salerno MD, the President and CEO of Komen. "We're so appreciative of Pippa's commitment to her fans, and racing fans everywhere, and, especially, to the fight against breast cancer."
Fans are being encouraged to pledge money to help combat breast cancer via the website racewithpippa.com
, with the option to sponsor Mann a set amount per lap of the 2.5-mile speedway that she completes over the course of practice, qualifying and the race itself during May.
Brandon Fry, who was Mann's race engineer for her 2011 Indy 500 debut, will oversee the #63's program on the 2.5-mile oval. He will be joined by much of the crew from Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, which in mid-April withdrew from sports car competition.
"The driver-engineer relationship is an important part in having a successful program," pointed out Mann. "This will be my first time coming into the Indianapolis 500 that I'm not trying to learn a new car and new engineer."
Mann will be joined by Dale Coyne Racing's regular drivers, Britain's Justin Wilson and Colombian rookie driver Carlos Huertas.
She has not raced in the Verizon IndyCar Series since the 2013 season finale with Dale Coyne at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. In total, Mann has raced in six IndyCar races with a best result to date of 15th place at Pocono last year.