Pippa Mann proud to race pink in Indy 500

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SPEEDWAY – Nothing like standing out when your name is called at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

She’s not the first to don the eye-catching pink color on her machine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Month of May, but Pippa Mann’s reason for doing so is quite unique.

When the driver steps into the cockpit for the No. 63 car for Dale Coyne Racing this month, she will turn laps to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation-the largest fundraising organization for breast cancer research.

“It’s so cool to be racing this bright pink car in support of Susan G. Komen to raise awareness and funding,” said Mann at a luncheon and news conference aptly named the “Pink Presser” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday. “You know what, I’m also someone who works as a mentor for other female drivers who worked with little girls in karting and it’s really, really cool for all of them and for all the little girls that are race fans to have a pink car with a female driver to cheer for.”

To help out the Susan G. Komen Foundation, people can cheer Mann onto completing as many laps as she can for the month. On the website racewithpippa.com fans will have the opportunity to donate a dollar amount to every lap the driver runs in the pink car during practice and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

It provides a unique twist to Mann’s 2014 race experience, but one that she considers important.

“It’s absolutely huge,” said Mann about racing for a cause this May. “It’s a really cool partnership.”

So is the look, which will feature Mann donning a pink race suit in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The car itself is painted both hot pink and white and features the Susan G. Komen logo on the sidepods. This will be the first pink car in the Indianapolis 500 since Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Alex Lloyd drove a pink No. 99 machine for Her Energy Drink.

Having a car with such a color, however, wasn’t really a dream for Mann when she was coming up the racing ranks-but it’s one she is happy to have now.

“When I was a little girl I actually would have shied away from the pink car for being too stereotypically girly,” said Mann. “However as I’ve grown up and I’ve seen the influence that something like this could have on other people, I think it’s fantastic that this car is going to stand out because it’s not about me, it’s for a cause.

“It’s for a really, really good cause.”