Perfect Pink Party features Pippa Mann and Dale Coyne Racing show car, in Komen colors

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This year’s fifth annual Perfect Pink Party for Susan G. Komen had an IndyCar element to it, where longtime IndyCar team owner Dale Coyne and wife Gail were properly recognized.

One of Coyne’s former Panoz DP01 show cars, from the 2007 Champ Car season, was dressed up and adorned with the pink, Susan G. Komen livery that was present on Coyne’s No. 63 Dallara DW12-Honda at this past year’s Indianapolis 500, driven by Pippa Mann.

The event itself was a hit, with more than $1.35 million raised for breast cancer research and a variety of philanthropists and executives attended the event at Palm Beach’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

Club owner Donald Trump, Perfect Pink Party Gala Chair Christina Baker and her husband, Robert, CEO of National Realty and Development Corp (which recently purchased Saks Fifth Avenue) and Anne and Jerome Fisher, who founded women’s shoe retail giant Nine West, were among the attendees.

As for the car, it actually played a key role in the evening, as it represented one of the highest live auction items of the night: a 2015 Indianapolis 500 package for two.

Many of the attendees were admiring and posing for photos with the car. The package itself sold for $31,000, all of which will go directly to Komen to fund breast cancer research, education and outreach programs.

Accommodations, travel, suite tickets, dinner, the victory banquet and a two-seater ride in the two-seater IndyCar are among the items included in the package.

“It was an incredible honor to be invited to the Perfect Pink Party, and to be asked to put together a package for the live auction surrounding the Indianapolis 500,” Mann said. “The pink Susan G. Komen show car we had in the ballroom attracted compliments throughout the entire night from a curious crowd of admirers. I was thrilled that we were able to raise such a huge amount in the live auction, and that we had so many interested bidders in the room.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to expose the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 to a very elite and select group of people. It also meant a lot that we were able to introduce so many people to Dale and Gail Coyne directly, as owners of the car, because they are the people who really made the pink IndyCar happen for us in 2014.”

More information on the evening is linked here, via Mann’s website. Below are a handful of photos from the event itself (photos courtesy Pippa Mann).

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.