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.”

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.