Mann Returns To Coyne No. 18 In Texas
Pippa Mann will rejoin Dale Coyne Racing to drive the No. 18 CyclopsGear.com car in the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8.
Mann, 29, competed in the Dale Coyne Racing car in the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
“We had a great car at the Indianapolis 500 and I am looking forward to bringing the team a good finish there Saturday night under the lights,” Mann said. “It’s exciting to be in the No. 18 car that finished 15th in the Indianapolis 500 and finished first and third this past weekend in Detroit.”
The event will be her second IZOD IndyCar Series race on a 1.5-mile oval (2011 at Kentucky for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing). She won a Firestone Indy Lights race on the Kentucky Speedway oval in 2010.
“Texas Motor Speedway actually has some pretty special memories for me because it was the venue of my first ever IndyCar outing. That test with Conquest Racing led to my first Indy 500 in 2011, so I’m really looking forward to going back there for the race this weekend,” Mann added. “I know driving the car will be pretty different from the last time I drove at that track, but the Cyclops Gear car was great at Indy and I’m definitely ready to be reunited with her in Texas.”
Mann’s teammate, Justin Wilson, won the Firestone 550 last year.
“She was moving up through the field during the Indianapolis 500 and if she wouldn’t have had contact with the wall I think she would have had a top finish that day,” team owner Dale Coyne said.