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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.”

Valtteri Bottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian GP

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position Saturday for the Formula One Austrian GP.

The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by 0.012 seconds to claim the top spot for the season opener at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. He clenched his fist as he climbed out of his car and shared a hug with Hamilton.

“It’s something special when you push the car to the limit,” said Bottas, who is chasing an eighth career win. “Feels so good. It’s very impressive (from the team).”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, and Lando Norris gave McLaren a boost by finishing fourth. Verstappen has won the past two years here, including 2019 when he started third behind Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“It’s going to be interesting quite a bit warmer tomorrow and hopefully this will play to our advantage,” Verstappen said. “Today, Mercedes was on a different level, unfortunately. Last year we were also a little bit off in qualifying so I expect we will be a bit better in the race.”

Bottas had the leading time when drivers embarked on their final laps and beat his own mark before sliding off the track into the gravel.

Hamilton was chasing a record-extending 89th career pole. He was ahead but then dropped off slightly as Bottas secured a 12th career pole.

“Great job by Valtteri. It’s a great start to the season,” Hamilton said. “We show year on year that we continue to be the best team. We’re open-minded … constantly learning from each other and pushing the boundaries.”

Ferrari struggled for speed, with Leclerc nearly one second behind in seventh and Sebastian Vettel failing to make it into the third and final part of qualifying, known as Q3. He starts the race from 11th on the grid.

Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season with his future in F1 uncertain.

Earlier, Hamilton posted the fastest time in morning practice. The 35-year-old British driver was also quickest in both sessions on Friday.

Midway through third practice, F1 newcomer Nicholas Latifi misjudged the exit of a turn and spun his Williams car into a protective tire wall.