Pippa Mann’s #GetInvolved campaign goes live this morning

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We’ve written several times on MotorSportsTalk in the last year or so about Pippa Mann’s continued efforts, activation and dedication to partnering with Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer and the commitment to raising awareness.

But with the calendar having flipped over to May – it’s now May 1 – today marks the beginning of arguably Mann’s most important campaign yet for Susan G. Komen, as she prepares for her second Indianapolis 500 with Komen and fourth overall (2011, 2013, 2014).

Mann has launched the #GetInvolved campaign, via Indiegogo, which will seek to raise $50,000 in support of breast cancer awareness this month. The link is live, at http://pippamann.com/getinvolved.

A year ago, Mann and her supporters raised just under $20,000, wiht the goal to more than double that this year.

While the $50,000 sounds like a lot, Mann makes an important point that all that takes is 5,000 people giving $10 apiece, and there you go.

And it’s already off to a great start, with those who have signed up for early access already having pledged more than $5,000 in the first eight hours of the campaign.

Via the Indiegogo site, any donors can secure a wealth of possible prizes – ranging from wristbands and koozies, garage tours, diecasts, signed caps and all the way up to race-worn gloves and/or firesuits, among other options.

Having already had a year to work with Komen – the idea for the “pink car,” the No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing Honda came about when Mann turned her traditionally red helmet pink – Mann noted that this year can give her supporters an even greater chance to contribute.

“The biggest thing for me personally, was I wanted to make the fundraising element much stronger this year,” Mann told MotorSportsTalk.

“I want to have stronger events for those living with breast cancer, and for survivors out at the race track as part of our program.

“Hopefully, through our partnership with Indiegogo, and the #GetInvolved campaign we will be on a course to accomplish goal one, and I am working with Susan G. Komen’s Central Indiana Affiliate towards goal two right now too.”

Mann also further explained the #GetInvolved hashtag.

“When we started talking about this campaign, and how to position it, the fact I had already been using that tag for things I’ve been getting involved with organically came up,” she said. “It seemed such a cool way to tie everything together.

“I wanted to be able to reward fans who joined the campaign this year, and most importantly, I wanted them to know that them getting involved themselves really is crucial to the success of the campaign. That’s where the tag came from, and why we wanted to use it for this campaign in support of Susan G. Komen.”

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.