Reigning USAC sprint car champion team Clauson-Marshall Racing will enter the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with driver Pippa Mann, marking the organization’s NTT IndyCar Series debut.
The team was founded in 2016 by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall in memory of Indianapolis 500 starter and USAC champion Bryan Clauson, who lost his life the same year in a racing incident. Clauson’s status as an organ donor directly impacted five lives thanks to life-saving transplants.
Ross Motorsports and the Indiana Donor Network’s Driven2SaveLives campaign will partner with Clauson-Marshall to field the No. 39 Chevrolet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“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,” said Clauson. “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.”
Mann was Clauson’s teammate for his third and final Indy 500 start in 2016. Her resume at IMS includes seven starts with a best finish of 17th in 2017. Last year, she joined James Hinchcliffe in failing to qualify on Bump Day.
“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,” Clauson continued. “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.”
Along with Driven2SaveLives, the team aims to increase organ donation awareness with its attempt at this year’s “500.” Should Mann make the field of 33, she will embark on 250 laps of racing at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway on May 26.