By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Pippa Mann will make her second appearance of the season in this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway with Dale Coyne Racing.
The 33-year-old Brit will pilot the No. 19 Honda and continue the driver carousel that looks to continue for the second half of the year.
Mann finished 13th at the 2.5-mile track known as ‘The Tricky Triangle’ last season, tying her career-best finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and finished 15th in her only other start there in 2013.
With Pocono being the first race for IndyCar since the tragic loss of Bryan Clauson, it gives Mann the opportunity to pay tribute to her fallen Indianapolis 500 teammate.
“The past week has been incredibly tough for everyone in the racing family, and I’m amongst those who have been feeling the loss of a friend, and a teammate,” said Mann. “When I heard from Dale (Coyne) last week that he had decided that I would drive the #19 car this weekend, it meant so much to me, because it gives me the opportunity to be one of the drivers helping Bryan reach his 200 starts this year.
“I’m also adding an edited version of the BC Still Chasing 200 logo to my helmet for this weekend so I can carry him with me for the race. He told me this May he always wanted to run this race, so I hope between Conor (Daly) and I, he sees this as us making those starts for him.”
Gabby Chaves will return to the No. 19 for the postponed Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, which will resume on Saturday Aug. 27. RC Enerson is expected to close out the season at Watkins Glen and the season finale at Sonoma.