The 102nd Indianapolis 500 airs Sunday, May 27 on ABC and much of the focus will be on two women drivers. One is Danica Patrick, who is running her final professional race. The other is British driver Pippa Mann, who last year set a track speed record at Indianapolis by a woman.
This will be Mann’s seventh go at the Indy 500, on the follow-up of what was a career-best 17th place finish in 2017. She started at the 28 position, and earlier that week became the first woman to break the 230 mph barrier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She’s raced at Indy every year since her 2011 debut, except 2012.
Mann began racing in her home country in the British Formula Renault Championship and eventually worked her way up to the Indy Lights Series. She also made history at Indianapolis in that series when she became the first woman to win a pole, and just the second to win a race.
One of Mann’s racing partners has been the Susan G. Komen organization, which supports breast cancer research. Fans could donate to the organization based on the laps Mann completed on the race track. Off the track, her philanthropy work also supports the cause. Her efforts landed her on what is known as the “The List,” which honors public figures for their efforts in fighting breast cancer. Former First Ladies Laura Bush and Betty Ford happen to be on this same list.
Born: Aug. 11, 1983
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Series: Verizon IndyCar Series
Team: Dale Coyne Racing
Honors and Achievements: Mann holds the record speed for a woman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 230.103 mph.