Indy Car Driver Pippa Mann to visit Kansas City; Komen Grantees and Royals


Indy Car Driver Pippa Mann to visit Kansas City

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Pippa Mann will spend Today (May 19) in Kansas City for her part in a 21-city tour of the 33 drivers who qualified for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday.

The Indianapolis 500 field of 33 is participating in a media blitz that also includes visits to New York, Houston, San Francisco and Toronto.

Mann, who drives the pink Susan G. Komen No. 63 car for Dale Coyne Racing, is using her run in the Indianapolis 500 as a fundraising mission in support of Komen. Through the URL, fundraising efforts began May 1 and ends at midnight after the Indy 500. So far, Mann has raised more than $35,000 on the way to her goal of $50,000.

As the world’s largest breast cancer organization, Komen not only provides assistance and resources to those dealing with the disease, but also funds more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit. Mann joined forces with the organization last year.

Mann says she is thrilled to visit Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City – an affiliate that has raised more than $10 million to support local breast cancer education, screening and treatment and more than $3 million to the most promising breast cancer research programs.

“Given that I’m based in Indianapolis, I have been connected with the work on the ground that Komen does through the Central Indiana affiliate, so it’s really cool to get out into another region, meet new people and see the local work they are doing,” said Mann.

Mann will be available to the media at three times and locations:

  • 1145A – Worlds of Fun | 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue | KCMO
  • 230P – Bloch Cancer Center @ Truman Medical Center | 2301 Holmes | KCMO
  • 430P – Kauffman Stadium | One Royal Way | KCMO

About Pippa Mann:

Having grown up a race fan, Pippa Mann began her motorsports career in Europe, before moving to the United States in 2009 to compete in Indy Lights. As a part of the INDYCAR development series, she became the first female in history to win a pole position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and only the second woman to win an Indy Lights race. In 2011, Mann became the eighth woman in history to qualify for and race in the Indianapolis 500, and the first British female to do so. In 2013, she made her return to the Indy 500 field with Dale Coyne Racing and in 2014 raced for DCR in support of Susan G. Komen. For 2015, Mann will drive the pink No. 63 car in support of Komen to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Over the past year, Mann has become more deeply involved in the breast cancer movement both nationally and in Central Indiana, and considers it a privilege to race for the millions of women and men battling breast cancer.

Through the URL, fundraising efforts began May 1 and will end at midnight after the Indy 500. Race fans, benefactors, media and other supporters will be able to watch the progress of the campaign as the momentum leads up to race day. Donors to the cause will be eligible for perks, including Komen wristbands and koozies, special T-shirts, caps donated by Honda and Firestone, garage tours, a “Race with Pippa” night at Fastimes Karting, new exclusive Doug Garrison artwork and Bell mini-helmets painted by Pippa’s Indy 500 helmet painter.