Pippa Mann has solid first day back behind wheel of Susan G. Komen car on Sunday

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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.

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.