INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Pippa Mann continues setting the bar when it comes to blending Verizon IndyCar Series racing and supporting the Susan G. Komen organization’s crusade against breast cancer.
For the fourth straight year, Mann is supporting Komen with her pink and white No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing Honda entered in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The 33-year-old from Ipswich, England, has represented the nonprofit in multiple endeavors and has again formed a fundraising campaign to help the racing community become involved with an online auction to raise funds. (Click here to be taken to the auction site.)
“For the past two years we’ve been running an online fundraising campaign for Susan G. Komen that runs alongside the race car, and we call it the ‘Get Involved’ campaign,” Mann said. “The way we’ve done it has been really good but also had limitations. One of them was that we had to set a fixed price for everything that we wanted to offer to race fans.
“One of the really big things with this new system is we still have the option to do some of the really cool and important fixed-price things. For example, we turned the inside of my cockpit of my race car pink with the names of cancer survivors … cancer fighters. People buy the space and put the names to honor their loved ones who are fighting or have fought cancer, which is something that is really special.”
Other articles available in the auction listed through eBay and Auction Cause include autographed items from Mann and other Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, Dale Coyne Racing crew shirts and the chance to race with Mann at Sarah Fisher’s Speedway Indoor Karting on May 31.
“I’m buying a buffet dinner for everyone,” Mann said of the karting event. “We have open karting all night. Junior racers are welcome. People can also come work out with me at PitFit Training, where I train here in Indianapolis.”
Fisher, the retired driver who now drives the pace car at Verizon IndyCar Series events, also donated her pink Dollar General/Susan G. Komen firesuit she wore at the Homestead-Miami Speedway race in 2010.
Mann has also been an instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School for the past three years. The school donated her helmet, which is now signed by every instructor, including five-time Rolex 24 at Daytona champion Hurley Haywood.
The ongoing auction will also include Mann’s race-worn firesuit and helmet from this year’s Indy 500 on May 28. Mann said all the partners on her car appreciate the exposure that the Get Involved campaign creates.
“That’s one of the things we have learned in supporting this program,” said Mann. “Yes, we’re running a car that is supporting a major non-for-profit, but there are a lot of our other partners associating with me.
“The charitable element is great, but they love the fact that we’re bringing this really strong female-orientated program to this male-dominated arena at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and our partners actually like the fact that the car has this pink on it and you can tell they’re backing a female athlete in this field.
“That is something I’ve never really focused on as a driver. I’ve had to learn how to say that it’s not just OK, but a really cool thing to represent. But it’s taken me a while to get comfortable with that.”
Click here to check out Pippa Mann’s Charity Auction.