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Mann featured on Komen’s More Than Pink List of 30 key influencers

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Although she only races at least once, sometimes more per year in the Verizon IndyCar Series on ovals, Pippa Mann spends a majority of her year working around the clock to help Susan G. Komen.

She’s been in the pink Komen No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing each of the last three years in the Indianapolis 500, with the 2016 race her best to date as a top-10 finish was possible before a late splash of fuel was required. She still ended 18th, her best result in five ‘500 starts.

But in order to even be in that position to drive in the first place, Mann has raised more than $150,000 locally and nationally over three years. The amount raised has gone up each year, and she’s been an advocate for Komen all year on an annual basis.

For her efforts, Mann has been named to Komen’s More Than Pink List, which premiered late last week. This is in advance of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and helps recognize those advocates who have worked tirelessly for the cause on a year-round basis.

Jason Aldean, John Cena, Betty Ford, Oscar de la Hoya, Sandra Lee and DeAngelo Williams are among the others of the 30 recognized. The full list can be found here, and more via Mann’s website can be found here.

“The past three years partnering with Susan G. Komen at the Indianapolis 500, to bring a pink car, and pink racing program, that serves as a fundraising beacon around our biggest event of the year, has been an incredible experience,” she said.

“It started with the idea of simply changing my helmet colors, and allowing it to be auctioned off after the race, but with the support of Dale Coyne Racing, and the IndyCar fans, we’ve created something that is truly special to be a part of.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.