Pippa Mann Partners With Donate Life Indiana For 2018 Indy 500
Recently, Mann held a press conference on March 20 at the Indiana State Museum to announce a new partnership with Donate Life Indiana and unveiled the renderings for her race car in this year’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Donate life Indiana will be the primary sponsor on Mann’s No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing car.
The conference kicked off Mann’s initiative to educate new drivers about donor registration — a topic that is near and dear to her. Mann was teammates and friends with the late Bryan Clauson, who died in 2016 after a wreck that flipped his car in the Belleville Nationals midget race. Clauson, a Noblesville High School alum, was a registered organ donor and his contribution helped save five lives. Clauson’s story left a profound impact on the racing world and sparked the Driven2SaveLives campaign as well.
“I am incredibly proud to be partnering with Donate Life both on and off the racetrack,” Mann says. “I get to drive a car that has special meaning to me. I was teammates with Bryan Clauson, and we became good friends. To learn that Bryan was an organ donor, that was very meaningful and left an impact on me. This is bigger than any one person, though. This is about everyone who is on the donor waiting list. It is about being able to give hope and life to someone else.”
As part of the initiative, Mann will be representing Donate Life Indiana as a spokesperson off the track as well. She will be visiting schools and driver’s education classes to educate students and teachers on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
“This is a cause that is very close to my heart,” Mann says. “I am honored to have been asked to drive the Donate Life car this May. Off the racetrack is where this partnership gets really important. I want to be sure Hoosier high school students are able to make an educated decision about donation when they go to the BMV to sign up for their first driver’s license.”
“Our education team is committed to partnering with Pippa and students and teachers across the state to bring the message of organ donation and transplantation to as many students as possible,” adds Steve Johnson, Board Chairman for Donate Life Indiana.
For more information on the campaign visit DonateLifeIndiana.org/pippa.
*Photos provided by Donate Life Indiana