Pippa Mann Celebrates Crowdfunding Campaign Success at 99th Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (May 24, 2015) – After an adversity filled Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, female race car driver Pippa Mann can celebrate the success of #GetInvolved, a crowdfunding campaign to benefit her Indianapolis 500 partner, Susan G. Komen. Mann’s fourth run in the legendary race proved to be a difficult run, but her crowdfunding campaign has already surpassed the $50,000 goal, and with several hours still remaining in the effort.
Mann’s May hardships started in one of the early practice sessions when an incident on track resulted in a damaged race car, as well as a bruised race car driver. As the Dale Coyne Racing crew worked to rebuild the No. 63 Susan G. Komen Honda, Mann recovered from her injuries, never ceasing to promote #GetInvolved, a crowdfunding campaign launched through Indiegogo, aimed to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit Susan G. Komen. The car was expertly repaired just before qualifying, allowing Mann and the crew minimal time to dial in on the appropriate race set up.
Heading into the iconic event, the #GetInvolved campaign reached its goal of $50,000 and continued to climb as the race start time neared. One of two women competing in the race, Mann started in 25th. An incident in one of the opening laps punctured Mann’s tire, forcing her to make an early unplanned pit stop. As the race continued, Mann avoided several additional incidents with the help of her spotters, but not without further injury to her tires. Despite the setbacks of additional pit stops, Mann raced clean and consistent, bringing the No. 63 Susan G. Komen race car to the checkered flag in 22nd position. At the drop of the checkered flag, the #GetInvolved campaign reached $58,316 with less than 12 hours remaining, marking the race a success for the British race car driver.
The campaign will end at 12:00am midnight Pacific, following the action packed race day, 3:00am Eastern. For more information or to take part in the campaign, visit www.pippamann.com/GetInvolved.
Today ended up being a really long, tough day at the race track at the 99th Indianapolis 500. We had some handling issues throughout the race and the crew and engineers worked their tails off, trying to help bring the car to a place where I was more comfortable. My spotters did a fantastic job all day long, trying to help me out around the traffic of the faster cars. It was really hard avoiding some of the incidents out there. We picked up a little damage from one incident and then a little more damage from the second incident, resulting in some unplanned pit stops, and compounded our handling issues. In the end, I was very grateful to see the checker flag and be able to bring the pink Dale Coyne Racing car supporting Susan G. Komen home at the end of this year’s Indianapolis 500. I’d like to thank everyone who took part in our #GetInvolved campaign to help us raise funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen. We’ve raised over $58,000 and we have a few hours left until midnight pacific time tonight to reach $60,000 on pippamann.com/GetInvolved. After a rough race, it’s great to know the campaign is already a success, and we haven’t even hit our deadline yet.
Susan G. Komen
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.