Pippa Mann to Pilot No. 39 Driven2SaveLives Clauson-Marshall Racing Chevrolet
The Towne Post Network Is Excited to Sponsor Mann Once Again For the Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS (February 27, 2019) – Today, Clauson-Marshall Racing, the United States Auto Club National sprint car champion team, announced they are partnering with Indiana Donor Network and their Driven2SaveLives campaign to field an entry for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26, 2019. IndyCar Driver Pippa Mann will pilot the #39 Driven2SaveLives Clauson-Marshall Racing Chevrolet. Representatives from Clauson-Marshall Racing, Indiana Donor Network and Indianapolis Motor Speedway joined Mann today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to announce the entry and unveil the car.
This is the first year Clauson-Marshall Racing will participate in the Indianapolis 500. The team was founded in 2016 in memory of beloved IndyCar driver and USAC champion Bryan Clauson by his father, Tim Clauson, and Richard Marshall. Bryan died in 2016 in a racing accident and as a registered organ and tissue donor, he saved five lives and healed countless others. Pippa Mann was a former teammate of Bryan’s.
“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,” says Tim Clauson, co-owner of Clauson-Marshall Racing. “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.”
“We are excited to sponsor Pippa again this year,” says Tom Britt, Towne Post Network Founder & Publisher. “It is always an honor to be a part of her team, and we look forward to cheering her on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway come May 26.”
“I am so excited for Pippa. She is one of the hardest working people I know,” adds Jeanne Britt, Towne Post Network President. “She is a true warrior and a champion for women.”
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,” says Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to partner with Clauson-Marshall Racing this year to spread the donation message far and wide.”
“I am so thankful for this opportunity to join Clauson-Marshall Racing for their first Indianapolis 500,” says Pippa Mann. “This is more than just a car entry to me and the journey has been an emotional one. Carrying the No. 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 and Richard Marshall for believing in me.”
“We’re pleased to see Indiana Donor Network continue its involvement in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, especially after our successful partnership last year in the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at the dirt track,” adds IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “It’s even more gratifying to see Indiana Donor Network’s relationship with Clauson-Marshall Racing grow into support that is helping one of USAC’s best race teams climb to the Indy 500 and continue the legacy of Bryan Clauson both on short tracks and at the Speedway.”