Clauson-Marshall Racing has confirmed its plans to partner with Driven2SaveLives and field a car for Pippa Mann in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Under the deal, first reported by RACER earlier this week, Mann will drive the No.39 entry with Chevrolet power. The program represents the first appearance at Indy by the team, which was founded in 2016 in memory of Bryan Clauson by his father, Tim Clauson, and Richard Marshall. Bryan, who died in an accident in 2016 and was a tissue donor, had been a teammate to Mann at Indianapolis.
“In 2012, it was a privilege to come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a dad to a driver who was competing in his first Indy 500,” said Clauson.
“Now, we are honored to have an entry in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. We are especially honored to partner with Driven2SaveLives, after organ and tissue donation became an important part of our lives in 2016,” said Tim Clauson.
“Merging our dirt programs with the Indy 500 program is very important to our future, and we are fortunate to have Pippa Mann behind the wheel. After watching the way she handled the circumstances of last year [ED: Mann was one of two drivers bumped from the field] with such grace, we were sure that if we could help her return to the Speedway, we would.”
Mann, who will be making her eighth attempt at the 500, said that her emotional connection to the team made this year’s arrangement all the more special.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity to join Clauson-Marshall Racing for their first Indianapolis 500,” she said. “This is more than just a car entry to me and the journey has been an emotional one. Carrying the No.39 and the Driven2SaveLives campaign on my Chevy entry is an honor that I don’t take lightly, and I’m grateful to Tim Clauson, Richard Marshall and Stanley Ross for believing in me.”