British racing driver Pippa Mann will attempt to become the sole woman to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500, announcing that she will drive a third car entered by Dale Coyne Racing.

Mann’s deal comes in conjunction with backing from Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, which will see her Honda-powered DW12 resplendent in a bright pink livery for the event.

The effort will be to raise awareness and remind IndyCar fans about the importance of being informed about breast cancer and taking action for women’s breast health. In addition, for every lap of the speedway that Mann’s #63 IndyCar racer completes throughout the month of May, fans and supporters will have the opportunity to pledge an amount via the website, from which all donations will go directly to Komen to fund breast cancer research, education and outreach programs.

“This entire project started with the idea of simply taking my red crash helmet, and turning it pink to support the cause, and it has grown into something fairly amazing in a very short space of time,” Mann said.

“My Indianapolis 500 this year is no longer about me. This pink car will be out on track representing Komen, representing the survivors, and remembering those who sadly did not win their hard fought battles against breast cancer. To have been a part of creating this opportunity for Susan G. Komen at the Indianapolis 500, and to now be a part of actually making this happen, is something I am incredibly proud of.

“Dale Coyne Racing has an amazing crew coming on board to staff the No. 63 car, and I can’t thank Dale and the team enough for their support of this project, and for all the hard work they have also put into this behind the scenes. We will be out there not only rac­ing for position, and competing in a classic racing sense against our competitors on track, but we will also be out there racing for the cure.”

“I could not think of being involved with an organization any closer to your heart than Susan G. Komen. There is barely a family or person that has not been affected by this disease. Pippa, Komen and I especially appreciate this opportunity to bring further awareness and most importantly contribute funding for all of the great things the Susan G. Komen organization does for women in their fight against breast cancer,” team owner Dale Coyne added.

Having contested four oval outings with Dale Coyne Racing last year, Mann returns to the outfit as teammate to regular drivers Justin Wilson and Carlos Huertas. This will be her third crack at the Indy 500, where she made history in 2011 by becoming the first female driver to make her IndyCar Series debut at the race. Her best finish on the ‘Brickyard’ was twentieth place in that debut outing with Conquest Racing.

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