[media-credit name=”texasmotorspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”400″][/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – While not widely known for her experience on ovals, IZOD IndyCar Series rookie Katherine Legge does have history with the high-banked oval at Texas Motor Speedway. It was on that very track that she laid down her first laps in the United States during an Indy Lights test in 2004.
“It was an amazing experience and I am still grateful for Kathryn (Nunn) giving me the chance to get in the car, since I was not originally chosen for the test,” said Legge. “I believe it gave me the much needed chance to prove I could drive these types of cars here in the United States.”
An impressive performance at that test garnered enough attention that she found herself racing in the Atlantic Championship in 2005, where she posted three wins and finished third in the championship. Now, some years later, Legge returns to Texas for the ultimate test – the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
“I’m eager to get back in my Chevy-powered IndyCar and take on Texas,” Legge commented. “I have fond memories of the Lone Star State because of the Lights test that I did here. I want to thank my sponsor TrueCar for their support and I hope I make them proud.”
Katherine will get her chance starting on Friday, when she returns to the 1.5-mile 24-degree banked oval at Texas Motor Speedway for practice and qualifying.
Qualifying will air on NBC Sports Network Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will air live on Saturday on NBC Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also listen live on SiriusXM or INDYCAR.com.
Friday, June 8
1:30pm – 2:45pm – IZOD IndyCar Series Practice 1
4:30pm – 6:00pm – IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying
7:45pm – 8:15pm – IZOD IndyCar Series Practice 2
Saturday, June 9
2:20pm – 2:25pm – IZOD IndyCar Series Systems Check
8:00pm – 11:00pm – Firestone 550
Before competing on Saturday, Katherine will have to complete a rookie oval test in front of INDYCAR officials. Series director Beaux Barfield has allotted time on Friday for the test.
The Firestone 550 will be Legge’s 34th start in major open-wheel competition, with six IZOD IndyCar starts and 28 Champ Car World Series events, where her best finishes were sixth at Milwaukee and Long Beach.
When Katherine takes the green flag at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, it will be only her third oval race of her career. Her first was at the Milwaukee Mile in 2006 in the Champ Car World Series, where she led laps and finished sixth. She most recently competed in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, finishing 22nd.
About Katherine Legge:
Birthdate: July 12, 1980
Hometown: Guildford, England
Marital Status: Engaged
Twitter: @katherinelegge (personal) and @KatOnTrack (for on-track updates)
Named to drive for TrueCar-Dragon Racing in 2012 IZODIndyCar Series season … Competed in European-based DTM touring car series as factory Audi driver from 2008-10, driving for Futurecom TME, Abt Lady Power and Team Rosberg … Drove in Rolex 24 at Daytona for Robinson Racing in 2007 … Competed in Champ Car World Series in 2006-07 for PKV Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, becoming first female to lead Champ Car race … Recorded five top-10 finishes in Champ Car in 2006 … First woman to win major open-wheel race in North America, with three victories in Toyota Atlantic in 2005. Finished third in series … Earned Formula One test with Minardi in 2005 … Drove for A1 Team GB in A1 Grand Prix, tested Champ Car in 2005 … Raced limited schedule in British and North American Formula Renault championships and Can-Am championship in 2004 … Competed in limited British Formula 3 schedule in 2003 … Competed in British Formula Renault in 2001-02, wininng pole in 2002 at Oulton Park with track-record lap … Earned British Racing Drivers’ Club “Rising Stars” honor in 2002 … Became first woman to win pole in British Formula Ford Zetec championship in 2000 … Competed in karting from 1990-99.
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