Pippa Mann completed Monday’s 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway three laps down in seventeenth, and admitted it had been a tough weekend all round for both herself and the Dale Coyne Racing team.
Mann was drafted in to race at the Tricky Triangle, but the tragic passing of Bryan Clauson, a Coyne driver earlier this year at the Indianapolis 500, left a dark mark over the weekend, and both Mann and team-mate Conor Daly raced at Pocono to honour him.
A anti-roll bar issue also made Mann’s afternoon a difficult one, but despite finishing three laps down, she was much happier with the car than she had been at any point prior to the race.
“It’s definitely been a tough weekend here at Pocono Raceway for lots of reasons,” said Mann. “I was actually much happier with my car in the race today than I’ve been all weekend.
“I feel like we made progress. We got unlucky with a couple of yellows where we could’ve got a couple of laps back. We also got unlucky with a slight mechanical issue where my anti-roll bar got stuck in the stiffest position.
“Which isn’t terrible for one end of the track, but it meant that for the vast majority of the race I had my hands very full at the Turn 3 end of the track. We resolved it on one of the pit stops but it happened again for the last stint.
“Overall I felt that we made real improvements with the car in the race and I’m sure I’m echoing Conor when I say I wish we could start the race weekend again right now. I know it’s not the finish Bryan would have wanted but I hope he got to enjoy getting to start and run this race with Conor and I today.”