British driver Pippa Mann will join Dale Coyne Racing for next month's Indianapolis 500, joining Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz to form a three-car team at the Brickyard.
Mann has not been in an IndyCar since finishing 22nd in the 2011 race at Kentucky Speedway. That season, she also competed at Indianapolis (finished 20th), with qualification for that year's '500' making her the first British female racer to accomplish that feat.
“I’m delighted to be able to share this news," Mann said on her website. "I actually first met Dale several years ago, before I came to the US, at what turned out to be the final Champ Car test at Sebring right before the open wheel merger. We’ve sort of had an on-going conversation ever since then, and I actually got very close to getting in one of Dale’s cars on Bump Day last year.
"A year later, we’ve now put this program together, and I cannot wait to be back on track with Honda and running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.”
Mann's addition to the field puts the '500' car count at 31, two short of the full field of 33. Further details about her program will be revealed prior to the beginning of '500' practice on May 11.