Grand AM »

Grand-Am: Tough Daytona debut for Legge.


Katherine Legge has chalked her first 24-hour race down to experience after a disappointing end to a battling performance from the Robinson Racing team at Daytona.

The British racer joined Paul and Wally Dallenbach and team owner George Robinson in the 74 Ranch Resort-sponsored Riley-Pontiac for the Rolex 24, but had to settle for a 25th place finish after problems beset the #84 machine in the Grand-Am season-opener.

The small team had had to come through second qualifying before securing its place towards the back of the Daytona Prototype field, but was running around 16th position in the early stages, improving slightly as the race wore on through the night. However, as dawn broke over Daytona, the #84 began to drop down the order, eventually settling in the bottom end of the top 30 as problems began to take their toll. Having conceded laps to the cars around them while working on the car, regaining places over the remaining hours proved difficult, and the team had to accept that 25th was as high as their effort was going to get.

“It was hard work,” Legge admitted to Crash.net, “We had a roll bar break, engine problems, electrical problems, gearbox problems - we were dogged by engine problems from 11pm onwards and the team had to work so hard all night. It was a struggle to keep the car running, but we finished and the whole team should be proud of that, considering."

Asked about her own performance just a day after stepping out of the new Panoz Champ Car, Legge admitted that it had taken her a little time to settle into the quirky Daytona Prototype, but that she enjoyed the event - problems notwithstanding - as it wore on.

"I wasn't so pleased with my first stint, but then I got into the swing of it and the others went well," she reflected, "The other drivers all did a great job, and it was just a shame that we had the problems we did, as I think we deserved a better result. Let's say it was an experience!"

With Robinson Racing planning only to contest the Rolex 24 - and, indeed, putting its car up for sale after the race - Legge, who was credited with completing the one millionth lap in Daytona 24 Hours history during the race, now turns her attention back to finalising a drive in the Champ Car World Series. Although she has no seat confirmed at present, her performance with Dale Coyne Racing in the recent Sebring test - including third fastest time on day two - showed that she is ready to roll with the new Panoz DP01. The next open test for the series is at Houston's MSR facility next month.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. Continental Tire Sports Car Festival. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Action. VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America. Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley duo Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer celebrate their first Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Road America [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Rolex Series action [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Ford Riley, celebrate in Victory Lane after wininng the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Action Express win the Rolex 24 [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Vic Elford, the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal (Photo credit: Motorsports Images and Archives)
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote that will be tested by 2009 Radical European Masters Champion Derek Johnston at Virginia International Raceway
Max Angelelli and Brian Friselle win at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.