INDIANAPOLIS — The Driven2SaveLives campaign announced its Driver Ambassador Pippa Mann has teamed with Donor Network West, Shea Holbrook and BUBBA burger® to bring its message to the International Motor Sports Ass’n audience for the first time.
The campaign, which was launched by Indianan Donor Network in 2016 around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, and has since been embraced by both USAC and the World of Outlaws, is hoping to continue its momentum by registering IMSA fans to become donors in honor of the late Justin Wilson and Bryan Clauson during the Sept. 21-24 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix race weekend at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mann was an Indy car teammate of both Wilson and Clauson. Wilson, an Indy car and IMSA driver, died following an accident at Pocono Raceway in August 2015. As a registered donor, he saved dive lives through organ donation.
Clauson, best known for his talent and achievements in dirt track open-wheel racing, died in August 2016 following an accident in the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. As a registered donor, Clauson saved five lives as an organ donor and continues to enhance the lives of countless others as a tissue donor.
“While Justin and Bryan are known for their driving exploits, their decisions to register as donors and save the lives of others will forever be part of their legacies,” said Mann. “I’m deeply honored to have this opportunity to remember and to represent my former teammates.”
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca event marks the second time that Mann and Holbrook have paired together with support from BUBBA burger to drive the No. 57 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo, one of four cars entered by the Wayne Taylor Racing stable.
The two driver athletes first joined forces with the Prestige Performance Center|Wayne Taylor Racing team at the Lamborghini Super Trofeo event at Road America in early August.
In addition to showcasing their support with on-car branding, Mann, Holbrook and BUBBA burger are partnering throughout the weekend with Donor Network West to help drive on-site registration of race fans as organ, tissue and eye donors.
These efforts will be highlighted through a “Got the Dot” autograph session sponsored by BUBBA burger, with Mann and Holbrook at the Donor Network West booth on Sept. 23.
“Closing the gap between those who need and those who receive life-saving transplants is core to our mission. The diversity of the communities we serve is an honor and a challenge as 10 percent of the nation’s waitlist resides in our service area. The partnership with Driven2SaveLives enables us to reach a unique segment of our community with the message of donation inspired by the late Justin Wilson and Bryan Clauson,” said Cathy Olmo, director of communications for Donor Network West.