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Pippa Mann Returns to DCR for Indy 500, Partners with Donate Life Indiana

Pippa Mann Returns to DCR for Indy 500

Partners with Donate Life Indiana
Partnership kicks off initiative to educate new drivers
to say YES to donor registration

Plainfield, IL – (March 20, 2018) – Pippa Mann is returning to Dale Coyne Racing for this year’s Indianapolis 500 but with a different look. The popular driver will be shedding her traditional pink livery on her #63 machine for the colors of new primary sponsor Donate Life Indiana.

Mann’s entry will be a fourth for Dale Coyne Racing this May. The team is also fielding a car for Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Team SealMaster, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan), Pietro Fittipaldi (#19 Paysafe, Dale Coyne Racing) and Conor Daly (#17 U.S. Air Force, Dale Coyne Racing with Thom Burns Racing). The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will mark the sixth consecutive year that Mann joins DCR for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Mann, the unofficial record-holder for the fastest lap by a female at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be looking to make her seventh Indy 500 start on May 27th in a livery that prominently features a sleek Donate Life Indiana logo, with a touch of her usual pink on the mirrors and the #63 decals.

Tuesday’s reveal kicked off an initiative to educate new drivers about donor registration. In her role as a spokesperson for Donate Life Indiana (DLI), Mann seeks to increase awareness for the organization’s youth education initiatives in Indiana which highlights organ, tissue and eye donor registration. She will be going into schools speaking to students and teachers and educating them on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation as well as driver’s education classes. This marks an ongoing partnership.

“Our education team is committed to partnering with Pippa and students and teachers across the state to bring the message of organ donation and transplantation to as many students as possible,” said Steve Johnson, Board Chairman for Donate Life Indiana.

“I am honored to have been asked to drive the Donate Life car this May, and to partner with Donate Life Indiana as an ambassador to raise awareness on our mission to help reach even more Hoosiers through our education efforts,” said Mann. “This is obviously a campaign with a pretty deep personal meaning for me, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to join the racers carrying this cause forward.

“I also want to thank Dale and Gail Coyne for once again giving me this opportunity to pilot one of their entries this May. This will be my sixth year with Dale Coyne Racing and I’m truly grateful that they allow me to do this every year,” concluded Mann.

It is Donate Life Indiana’s mission and responsibility that when Hoosiers go into the BMV they are equipped to answer the donor registration question. This is particularly important for young people to understand, as they will typically visit the BMV three times between the ages of 15 and 21.

Additionally, Mann and DLI hope the campaign encourages more teacher partnerships to educating students about donation and transplantation inside classrooms.

“We’re very happy to welcome Donate Life Indiana to the team through their partnership with Pippa. It will certainly be different to see her in new colors this May, but it’s also very exciting,” expressed Team Owner Dale Coyne. “We’re looking forward to working with Pippa and Donate Life Indiana with their mission of educating new drivers about the importance of donor registration. We also look forward to having Pippa back in the #63 car this May.”

Mann scored her best result at the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing at last year’s event with a 17th place finish. She’ll be getting her first taste of the new Universal Aero Kit on her Honda-powered Dallara when practice kicks off Indy 500 activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 15, 2018.

Rookie Claman De Melo Shows Good Pace in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL (March 11, 2018) –  Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo summed up his Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race on Sunday as a learning experience after taking the checkered flag 17th in a race that saw him run as high as fourth aboard his #19 The Paysafe Car. Claman De Melo was taking…

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Challenging Qualifying for DCR Rookie at St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL (March 9, 2018) – Rookie Zach Claman De Melo took part in his first Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying on a street course on Saturday at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg placing 22nd on the grid for Sunday’s season-opening race. Claman De Melo recorded a quickest lap of 1:01.8567 around the…

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Claman DeMelo Eager to Kick Off Season in St. Petersburg

Plainfield, IL (March 7, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing’s Zach Claman DeMelo is kicking off the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season this weekend aboard the #19 Paysafe Car at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Claman DeMelo who is sharing driving duties of the team’s #19 machine with Pietro Fittipaldi this season will be…

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Sebastien Bourdais Notes: Firestone GP of St. Pete

Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais will drive the No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser – Sullivan Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry at the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Bourdais, who is contesting his 13th year of IndyCar competition, is coming off a dramatic 2017 IndyCar season. He…

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Valpak Joins Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan for 2018 Season

St. Petersburg, FL – (March 8, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan is pleased to welcome St. Petersburg, FL-based Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in the U.S. and Canada, to the team. The new partner will be featured on the #18 Team SealMaster entry piloted by fellow St. Petersburg resident, Sebastien…

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St Petersburg, FL. – March 7, 2018 – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that Mouser Electronics, Inc. and Molex, LLC will partner with the team for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. “We have had a long, and successful relationship with Mouser Electronics and Molex and look forward to continuing to expose design engineers and IndyCar fans alike to…

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Dale Coyne Racing with Thom Burns Racing Announce USAF, Conor Daly Indianapolis 500 Entry

Dale Coyne Racing with Thom Burns Racing Announce USAF, Conor Daly Indianapolis 500 Entry Plainfield, IL – (March 6, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing announced today that it will be running an entry for American driver Conor Daly at this year’s Indianapolis 500 in a joint entry with Thom Burns Racing, along with a partnership…

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Productive Test in Phoenix for Dale Coyne Racing

Phoenix, AZ – (February 10, 2018) – Dale Coyne Racing completed a productive test on Saturday night at ISM Raceway, formerly known as Phoenix International Raceway. The team accomplished what they had set out to do at the Open Test with Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Pietro Fittipaldi completing 240 and 285 trouble-free laps, respectively, over the course of the two-day test.

Bourdais registered a fastest lap of 187.958mph around the one-mile oval aboard his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan #18 SealMaster entry. His best lap, which was registered during the afternoon session on the final day of the test, placed him 11th in the overall timing charts.

Fittipaldi, who took his first laps aboard his #19 Paysafe machine on an oval on Thursday, impressed with his performance over the three days. The rookie consistently progressed with each session and was the highest placed rookie during the final session on Saturday night with the 10th quickest lap. His average speed of 187.217mph placed him 15th on the overall timing charts.

The Dale Coyne Racing team now heads back to their shop in Plainfield, IL as they continue preparations for the season opening race next month in St. Petersburg, FL. The team will be back on track on March 5 for a one-day test at Sebring International Raceway with Zach Claman De Melo back behind the wheel of the #19 Paysafe car alongside Bourdais in the #18 SealMaster Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan machine.


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 SealMaster Honda):
“We definitely made some improvement to the SealMaster Honda car. I was quite a bit more comfortable on new tires. We still had work to do tonight to see how it was going to be on long runs, but I think everybody is struggling with the same thing as far as tire degradation. It’s just very low downforce and that is going to dictate how much degradation you get. At least we got some performance out of one lap. We still have a little bit of room to go and I can do a little better on my own, but we are heading in the right direction.”

PIETRO FITTIPALDI (No. 19 Paysafe Honda):
“I’m gaining more experience with each day. Like yesterday, the team is doing a good job and helping me get up to speed. We’re trying different things on the No. 19 Paysafe car so I can experience them and see what the changes do on the oval, especially on the longer runs when you have used tires to simulate a race run, and we also ran a bit in traffic. I think we made a good step forward in this session and I was happy with my progression over the three days of being in the car. I can’t wait to be back here in Phoenix in April.”


(PHOENIX, AZ) – February 8, 2018 – Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan announced today that ProSupps will be an associate sponsor of the No. 18 entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. ProSupps, is the sports nutrition brand behind the popular Mr. Hyde and Dr Jekyll NitroX pre-workout products and the all-new…

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