For her first time back in an IndyCar in nearly a full calendar year, Pippa Mann did very well in her first running of the 2015 month of May aboard the No. 63 Susan G. Komen Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.
While Mann’s best overall lap of 223.886 mph was 16th of the 28 cars that took time, she ranked even better among those in unassisted, non-tow-affected laps, within the top 10.
“(It) was a really good day for Pippa. In fact, I think it was a great day for having not driven a car in about a year,” team owner Coyne said in a release. “We are all looking forward to the additional track time this month and giving Pippa the opportunity to get even faster.”
Mann was pleased with the first day and looks for continued improvement from here.
“First off it was just absolutely fantastic to finally be back in an IndyCar after almost a year sitting out on the sidelines,” she said in a release. “It’s great to be reunited and continue the strong relationship with my team at Dale Coyne Racing.
“I’m pretty happy with our performance on Day 1 since we were able to get over 223 miles per hour. We have some work to do next week to help polish out everything, especially the driver. We certainly knocked the rust off today and I am really looking forward to getting in the car on a more consistent bases come next week.”
Mann was the only one of three Coyne cars entered for the Indianapolis 500 who tested on Sunday, in part because Coyne hasn’t figured out which two of several possible candidates will be driving the other two cars.
Per Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star, Coyne will have both Rodolfo Gonzalez and Francesco Dracone back for this weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. It will mark only the second time in five races that Coyne has retained the same lineup race-to-race this season.