It's the Power of Pink... and the skills of a good race car driver! Pippa Mann, driving the No. 63 Susan G. Komen / Dale Coyne Racing entry, has qualified in 22nd position for the 2014 Indianapolis 500. The British driver ran 25th fastest on the first day of qualifications but completed a four-lap average of 229.223 mph, securing her 22nd position during the second day of qualifying despite a change in track conditions.
"Overall, I'm pleased with our run. The conditions were different from yesterday," Mann said. "We just left a little on the table in terms of the amount of push I picked up, and running out of tools in the cockpit to fix it. However the conditions were different for everyone else as well, and I think we made the most of what we had. I'm pleased to have an average speed over 229 mph for that four-lap run, and I'm happy to be starting in 22nd place out of the 33 cars in the world's greatest race!"
Mann knows that the historic race is a great venue to showcase her driving ability but that it's also a wonderful opportunity to shine some light on Dale Coyne Racing as well as to raise awareness of her main sponsor for the race and spread the word of the many hard fought battles of breast cancer by not only victims and patients but also the families involved.
"I also just want to give everyone at Dale Coyne Racing a massive thank you for stepping up and fielding a third car for me, for the second year in a row. I'm so happy to be back with this organization, and to be starting my third Indy 500 with them, one week from today. I'm also very proud to have put the No. 63 pink car into the field, and of course to be carrying the Susan G. Komen colors this month. This pink car is out on track representing Komen, representing the survivors, and remembering those who sadly did not win their hard fought battles against breast cancer. Every lap of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that we turn, we are raising funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen, in the hope that we can really make a difference in the fight to end breast cancer forever."