Pippa Mann will get another shot at driving in the Indianapolis 500. Clauson-Marshall Racing, one of the most successful dirt car teams at the moment, announced their entry for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Tim Clauson, father of the late Brian Clauson, said he and partner Richard Marshall are continuing Brian’s legacy of short track drivers racing in the 500.
The team has a technical alliance with A. J. Foyt Racing. The Foyt team did have speed at IMS last year. Tony Kanaan qualified 10th and Matheus Leist started 11th. Kanaan led 19 laps and was a contender for the win until a tire issue put him toward the rear of the field. He eventually crashed. Leist finished 13th.
Driven2 Save Lives will be the primary name on the car. Mann said several of her sponsors from last year will be back as well as at least three new backers. Mann was one of two drivers bumped from the field in 2018. Mann has participated in six Indy 500s, debuting in 2011. Her best starting spot is 22nd in 2014 and her best finish is 17th in 2017.
Pippa Mann speaks at the Clauson-Marshall announcement.
The car will carry number 39, Brian Clauson’s number. Clauson and Mann were teammates at Dale Coyne Racing in 2016.
The car has similar colors as last year’s Driven2SaveLives entry.
Despite the partnership with Foyt, who did find some speed last year, the team faces long odds of making the race. With 36-38 entires expected, the one off teams could have a difficult time cracking the fastest 33.
I like Pippa. She is a great ambassador for the sport and works tirelessly on behalf of health causes and to help women in racing. She adds a lot to the paddock. However, I think a new team would want a more seasoned driver to have a realistic chance at lining up race morning. It will be great if she drives on May 26, but I fear the same result she had last year.
It’s always great to have a new team and more entries at Indy.