Pippa Mann to make third IndyCar start of season at Fontana


As she did on two other oval races this year, Pippa Mann will be back with Dale Coyne Racing this Saturday, in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

This will be Mann’s third start of the season, all three coming for Coyne’s Illinois-based IndyCar team, having previously finished 22nd in last month’s Indianapolis 500 and 17th in the Firestone 600 earlier this month at Texas Motor Speedway.

Mann, the English driver who now resides in Indianapolis, will drive the same No. 18 Honda that she did at Texas, and will be teamed with Tristan Vautier in the two-car Coyne operation.

“I am very happy to have had the call to come back and drive the Dale Coyne Racing No. 18 car at Fontana,” Mann said in a media release. “It’s a very tough track to come and jump in a car, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and happy to have the opportunity to be back in an Indy car again.”

The race will air live at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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