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IndyCar Season Preview: Katherine Legge

Photo credit: Paz Chouhan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

#6 TrueCar Dallara-Lotus, Dragon Racing

Born: July 12, 1980

Hometown: Guildford, Surrey, England

2011 HIGHLIGHTS: After three fruitless seasons in the German DTM championship racing older model Audis, Legge returned to Indianapolis in 2011 with the goal of resuming her open-wheel career, taking a physical for IndyCar officials in January.

2011 LOWLIGHTS: Despite a boon of female drivers in the series, including four in the Indianapolis 500, Legge was unable to secure sponsorship or a ride to compete in the 2011 season.

SEASON OUTLOOK: Legge hasn’t run full time in North American open-wheel racing since 2007, when she finished 15th in points driving for Dale Coyne Racing in Champ Car. But thanks to a mid-January deal with Dragon Racing, she’ll be running Lotuses alongside one of Champ Car’s all-time best drivers, Sebastien Bourdais. There’s no doubt that Legge can learn a lot from the Frenchman, part of the reason why owner Jay Penske was so keen on pairing the two drivers.

Legge may not have the equipment to run as well as Danica Patrick, whose career will inevitably be the measuring stick against which she is judged, but don’t underestimate Legge’s talent – after all, Legge took wins in Toyota Atlantic in 2005, years before Patrick’s first IndyCar triumph. She’ll also have contract stability, with two years on her deal and an option for a third, allowing her to be patient if 2012 is a trying year and retool for 2013. She won’t outrun her teammate, but she won’t be a laughingstock, either.

– Chris Leone

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