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Legge excited for road course return

Katherine Legge said that she was very excited to get the chance to return to road course racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series at Sonoma later this month.
News that Dragon Racing has secured a one-off second Chevrolet engine deal for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma later this month means that the squad will be back to a two-car line-up for the first time since the Indianapolis 500, and British driver Katherine Legge will be back in a car at a road course for the first time since the race at Sao Paulo, Brazil in April.

"We're so grateful to Chevrolet because without them we'd be in a really bad place right now," said Legge of the opportunity to join team mate Sebastien Bourdais at Sonoma. "They've been the knights in shining armour, if you want. They came to our rescue.

"It was really disappointing when Sebastian and myself couldn't do all of the races each," she said in a telephone conference with reporters on Wednesday. "It was planned to run two cars for the full season. Yeah, I'm just really, really looking forward to getting back in the car."

Dragon started the season with Lotus engines but then acrimoniously split with the engine manufacturer early in May. The team was able to get a late engine deal with Chevrolet, but other than Indy it was for one engine only, meaning that the two drivers have had to split the events between them: Bourdais ended up taking the road course events, and Legge the oval races.

Legge has still been going to the street and road course races in order to support the team and fulfil sponsorship duties for backers TrueCar, but she admitted that it hasn't been an easy position to be in: "It's tough being at the track and not driving because obviously as a racer you just want to be out there, you want to be driving, you want to be competing. But they've kept me busy," she said.

"They have me doing a lot of other things," she added. "I've been trying to learn as much as I can outside the car for next year because Mid-Ohio, Edmonton, Toronto, they're all places that I think we're going back to, although I'm not entirely sure, so if I can learn anything now for next year, that's good."

Somona is the home race for TrueCar, an innovative online car dealership that is supporting six female racing drivers including Legge in their respective careers through its Women Empowered Initiative, which is why it was so important for the racer from Guildford to get a chance to take part in the race on August 26.

"I think it's really a ground-breaking initiative that TrueCar is doing, supporting the six of us, endeavouring to get us the best equipment to succeed," said Legge. It's definitely very cool to have a family atmosphere towards it. We're helping each other out, speaking to each other.

"It's not going to happen overnight that all six of us are on the podium," she pointed out. "It's a process, and TrueCar understand that. I think TrueCar are very happy that we're on schedule with our improvements and our progress."




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