Mann Proves Her Worth, While Wilson Improves His
Long Pond, Pennsylvania – (July 7, 2013) - Both Dale Coyne Racing drivers improved their standings on Sunday at the 2.5-mile tri-oval that is Pocono Raceway.
After a 24-year hiatus from this historic track in the Pocono Mountains, both Pippa Mann and Justin Wilson would show their worth on this difficult and tricky triangle oval.
Mann, making her third start of the year in the No. 18 Cyclops Gear Honda, had a very solid weekend. She would run ever session on Saturday, including qualifying just a tick faster than her teammate Wilson.
“The guys gave me a great car this weekend, and I have to say this is a pretty tricky place to figure out,” commented Mann. “Once we got to the race we all had learned a lot more about this oval and I think it showed in the performance of the entire team today.”
Mann started the race 22nd on the grid and ran strong all race to finish a season best of 15th, in front of several other seasoned IndyCar winners.
“Pippa really showed her worth and that she belongs in this sport,” reported Team Owner Dale Coyne. “She will be returning to complete the Triple Crown of events at Fontana in October and after her performance here today, she has shown great promise for the future.”
Wilson’s weekend did not start as he hoped. “We have looked for speed all weekend,” said Wilson. “We made small improvements, but so did everyone else. Finally after changes on the first two pit stops the car was pretty good and we were able to pull a good finish.”
The Brit started 23rd in No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda and in the final half of the race would vastly improve to score his seventh top-ten finish on the season, finishing seventh overall. He improves his season long point total with a move up the ladder to eighth in the IZOD IndyCar Championship Point Standings.
Pocono would turn out to be a highly successful race as large enthusiastic crowds welcomed the IndyCar set back to this racing heritage area of the east. “It was great to see all of these fans here today,” commented Coyne. “It has been so long since we have been here I was driving last time we were here in 1989.”
The team now prepares for a quick turnaround before heading to the streets of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada for next weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader, which can be seen live on July 13 & 14 on the NBC Sports Network at 3:00 PM (EDT).
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