Indianapolis, INDIANA – Ana Beatriz & Pippa Mann had to wait an extra day to make the 33-car field for the Indianapolis 500 officially, but they both left no doubt on Sunday that they deserved to be in Greatest Spectacle in Racing next Sunday.
Beatriz, who ran solidly in the 225 mph range on Saturday, but just missed the top 24 first day qualifiers, was the second car to hit the track on Sunday for qualifying. She posted a four-lap average speed of 224.184 mph around the 2.5-mile famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway to qualify for her fourth Indianapolis 500 race. The No. 18 Ipiranga Honda will start in middle of Row 10 next weekend.
“It was OK, but a little different than yesterday,” said Beatriz. “The No. 18 Ipiranga Honda was about a mile slower than we were yesterday, so that broke my heart a little bit. It’s a bit warmer today compared to yesterday which caused the slower speeds. I know that we can go faster. I would love to be up to 225 mph like we were yesterday. It is always a struggle when it gets hot outside because you need grip to go fast. I am excited to be in my fourth Indy 500 and hope to bring the folks at Ipiranga a good finish.”
Mann had a great run going until the wind picked up on her last qualifying lap, which ended up costing her from picking up a couple more positions on the grid. Mann was able to guide her No. 63 Cyclops Gear Honda to a four-lap average speed of 224.005 mph and will start on the outside of Row 10.
“I am much happier than I was yesterday at this time (Saturday),” said Mann. “We almost had four really nice clean laps. The wind must have picked up because on my last lap because I got rammed hard into the rev limiter, and we lost a lot of speed. It had to easily cost us a mile per hour. Overall, I’m pleased with the run and I cannot thank Dale Coyne Racing and Cyclops Gear enough for this opportunity they have given me. I am a happy girl right now, much less stressed and ready to focus on the race next weekend.”
Beatriz and Mann joined Justin Wilson, who qualified on Saturday, to give Dale Coyne Racing three cars in the field for the Indianapolis 500.
“Bia and Pippa both showed everyone on Sunday what talented drivers they truly are,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “Bia came out and ran four flawless qualifying laps today and Pippa had a great run going until the last lap loss of sudden speed. She would have easily qualified four spots higher if it wasn’t for that. I couldn’t be more proud of both their efforts they showed today. Hopefully next Sunday we can give our sponsors (Ipiranga, Cyclops Gears and the Boy Scouts of America) a good showing in the biggest race in the world, the Indy 500.”
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be on Sunday, May 26 and can be seen live on ABC-TV starting at 11 a.m. (EDT).
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