Pippa Mann To Drive No. 39 Chevrolet For Clauson-Marshall Racing’s Indy 500 Entry

INDIANAPOLIS – Another new Indy 500 entry was announced on Wednesday. This one, is a standalone entry which only ups the car count even more. Clauson-Marshall Racing announced their plans for the Month of May which will include the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The driver will be Pippa Mann who will pilot the No. 39 Chevrolet.

The reason for the number is because that was Clauson’s number. That’s the reason the Midget race in September is the “BC39.”

This will be their first entry in the ‘500 as the team is known formerly as Bryan Clauson Racing.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity to join Clauson-Marshall Racing for their first Indianapolis 500,” said Mann who will be attempting to make her seventh Indy 500 start. “This is more than just a car entry to me and the journey has been an emotional one. Carrying the #39, and the Driven2SaveLives campaign on my Chevy entry is an honor that I don’t take lightly, and I’m grateful to Tim Clauson, Richard Marshall and Stanley Ross for believing in me.”

Unfortunately, Clauson lost his life in a midget crash during the 2016 Belleville Nationals. That year, Clauson was scheduled to race in 200 events around the world including the Indianapolis 500 in May, a race in which Mann was a teammate. He started 28th and finished 23rd that year.

Ever since that tragic time in August, his family has carried on honoring their son. Bryan, was an organ donor and the Driven 2 Saves Lives campaign was started to honor Clauson and Justin Wilson. Last year, they sponsored Wilson’s brother Stefan Wilson in the Indianapolis 500. The foundation also sponsored the inaugural USAC Midget race in the infield of the famed Indianapolis Motor speedway and will do so again this September as well.

Now, the racing team which was carried on by Clauson’s father Tim and his longtime sponsors Richard Marshall will enter and Indy Car.

The team actually began in 2008 with Bryan and his dad which allowed Clauson to to go back to his roots – Midgets and Sprint Cars. They pairing worked so well that Clauson won multiple National Midget championships (2010, 2013) as well as two Sprint Car titles (2012, 2013). He even won a Chili Bowl in that relationship too.

Another part of this team was to groom younger drivers. Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic, Spencer Bayston and others started off with the team and gave them an outlet to start their careers.

Now, the team opened a route for these drivers to head to Indy.

“In 2012, it was a privilege to come to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a dad to a driver who was competing in his first Indy 500. Now, we are honored to have an entry in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. We are especially honored to partner with Driven2SaveLives, after organ and tissue donation became an important part of our lives in 2016,” said Tim Clauson, co-owner of Clauson-Marshall Racing. He added, “Merging our dirt programs with the Indy 500 program is very important to our future, and we are fortunate to have Pippa Mann behind the wheel. After watching the way she handled the circumstances of last year with such grace, we were sure that if we could help her return to the Speedway, we would.”

Driven2SaveLives is an Indiana Donor Network campaign to raise awareness around the need for organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. Nationwide, more than 114,000 men, women and children are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Tragically, 20 patients die each day because the organ they needed did not become available in time.

One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and heal up to 75 people through tissue and cornea donation. Registering as a donor takes less than 30 seconds at the BMV or at RegisterMe.org.

“Over the past four years, Driven2SaveLives has become a beacon of hope for patients waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. We are excited to partner with Clauson-Marshall Racing this year to spread the donation message far and wide,” said Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer.

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