Pippa Mann: “We’ve had such a great race car all week”

Pippa Mann - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Pippa Mann was able to return to the track during pole day at the Indianapolis 500, and put her Dale Coyne Racing car onto the inside of row nine in twenty-fifth place on the grid.

Mann was unfortunate to suffer a rear wing end plate issue during her qualifying run on Saturday that pitched her into a spin and into the wall, meaning that she was one of the first drivers to take to the track during Sunday’s second qualifying session.

But she came back strongly, and her four-lap average of 226.006mph was enough for twenty-fifth, and she praised the team for their efforts to get her back out on track to qualify for her fifth Indianapolis 500 event.

“It feels fantastic,” revealed Mann after qualifying. “Yesterday was so tough for the entire Dale Coyne Racing team and those guys stayed so late last night, they worked so hard, then to have the issues this morning as well in morning warm-up, those were the first laps I turned at speed since I was backwards yesterday.

“We’ve had such a great race car all week, that in different circumstances, we’ve had liked to have gone faster, but for today I’m just so happy we got that taken care of and we can now get to working on our race car.”