Mann crash damage ‘mostly cosmetic’ and repairable before Indy 500


Pippa Mann - Credit: Mike Finnegan / IndyCar

The damage incurred by Pippa Mann during her Carb Day crash on Friday is easily repairable, according to Dale Coyne Racing engineer Michael Cannon.

Mann crashed her #63 car forty-five minutes into the final practice session ahead of Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, hitting the outside wall of turn four after going too low on track and losing control.

But Cannon revealed that Mann had owned up to the mistake, and that the damage done to the car was mainly cosmetic and will be repaired and set-up in the same manner ahead of the race.

“Pippa was in a pack so trying to feed the left front wing with clean air for grip as she turned in,” revealed Cannon.

“It looks like she just went a bit too low, put the tires over the seam and that bottomed the car, gave it a bobble, and at that speed it’s awfully hard to catch it. She was completely frank, said it was her mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again.”

“[The damage is] mostly cosmetic. A couple of wishbones bent, but no problem; we have all the spares we need and can get it right back to the way it was and she’ll be off again.”