End plate issue causes Mann to crash in Indy 500 qualifying


Pippa Mann - Credit: Forrest Mellott / IndyCar

Pippa Mann was unable to complete her qualifying run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday after losing control of her Dale Coyne Racing on the exit of turn two.

The Briton blamed a rear wing end plate failure on her crash, although she did well to avoid a much bigger accident than what she actually suffered, brushing the outside wall with her front wing and rear wheel before coming to a rest against the inside wall.

Mann will come back to the track on Sunday, and having shown good speed so far through the month of May, will be looking for a good final qualifying performance ahead of her fifth Indianapolis 500 start.

“I had fast enough hands and I got hard on the brakes to minimize the damage,” said Mann to Motorsport.com after the incident, with her team pulling team-mate Conor Daly from the qualifying line so they could check over his own rear wing as a precaution.

“It was a rear-wing end fence failure and there wasn’t a lot I could do with that. But the boys are working really hard to put the car back together now.

“They’ve given me a really good car all month, so it’s really frustrating but the damage is pretty light considering we spun at 230mph! So we’ll get out there again.”