IndyCar Concussion: Pippa Mann


Photo Courtesy of @djcraske

Pippa Mann will not be in the starting grid for the New Hampshire IZOD IndyCar race today.  The story from Indycar.com only makes mention that she and her team have withdrawn, and that further tests are necessary back in Indianapolis.  However when it comes to Indy Racing we have a very good source, @djcraske, he submitted the following;

Unfortunately, I have another concussion to report to you.

  • Driver: Pippa Mann
  • Hometown: Ipswich, England
  • Age: Just turned 28 on Thursday
  • Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  • Race: MoveThatBlock.com 225 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

From her Twitter Account (@PippaMann), these are her last 2 tweets:

** Been released from hospital. Have to wear a neck brace until MRI in Indy on Monday, concerns about my back/neck.

** Pretty decent concussion, nice swollen ankle, knee … Hit of over 100 g onto concrete, no safer, I guess I just had my first big one…

  • Details: She had been having a relatively rough weekend. In Thursday practice, she had a quick spin in the morning session, and a second spin in the afternoon, the latter of which she made light contact with the wall, but was quickly checked & released.  Today, she had a quick spin in the morning, but this afternoon, her car stepped out in Turn 2. Her car spun appx. 120* and made heavy contact with the outside wall, going backwards, first contact with the left-rear tire.  Her tweet mentions “no safer”, which indicates she missed the SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barrier.

Holmatro safety team was on scene immediately.  Took a few moments for her to exit the car and seemed to favor her leg.  She did walk to the ambulance. No reports of broken bones, but she’s pretty beat up, it sounds like.

Great work by Craske on this and good to see the racing league is taking the proper precautions, but the question still remains would they be doing the exact same with the “stars” of the sport?  Looking at the previous concussions three of the four that were “sidelined” were not stars; the one star Will Power had an amazing recovery.

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