Katherine Legge will be racing at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma later this month, the Dragon Racing team confirmed this weekend.
Dragon fielded a two-car team for the first five races of the season consisting of Legge and Sebastien Bourdais, but their acrimonious split from engine suppliers Lotus in the run-up to the Indianapolis 500 meant that they were only able to pull together a last-minute single engine deal with Chevrolet to carry on competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012.
As a result, the team opted to run Bourdais as road courses while British racer Legge was to tackle the oval events. However the team announced at Mid-Ohio that Chevrolet had now been able to supply a second engine to the team to allow them to return to a two car line-up and run Legge alongside Bourdais at Sonoma on August 26.
“I am extremely grateful to Chevrolet for making this second engine available so we can return to a full team effort in Sonoma,” said team owner Jay Penske. "With the team back to full strength we are all really looking forward to competing in Sonoma."
“Obviously I'm thrilled to get back behind the wheel of my TrueCar Chevrolet in Sonoma and also to get the opportunity to test there prior to the race,” said Legge. “We're all racers and anytime you have to sit out a race its tough, but we've been doing the best with the situation and hopefully we will be able to get the results we know we're capable of in Sonoma.”
Graham Rahal set to exit Ganassi
Graham Rahal's two-year stint with Chip Ganassi Racing looks set to end after the current season, as it was confirmed that the deadline for Rahal and Ganassi to sign an extension to the existing contract had lapsed last Wednesday.
The Ganassi team had reportedly offered the driver a deal, but there were no guarantees about a car actually being available for him to drive at this point because of issues finding sponsorship for a full season campaign.
“It wasn't about the money ... They don't have the funding secured at this time,” Rahal said about the deal he'd been offered. "It just was not a wise one for me to take. I need to be racing next year," he added. "In my shoes, like anybody else, I can't sit around and wait. It's a shame, that's for sure, but what else can I do?"
It's still possible that Rahal and Ganassi could reach an agreement that would keep him in the #38 in 2013, but in the meantime Rahal is free to talk with other teams and explore opportunities. One such opening might be at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team co-owned by his father and former Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal.