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Legge to take legal action over Dragon firing

"I can tell you that I feel like I have been treated very unfairly in all of this and the last thing I feel at the moment is 'Empowered!'" she said. "Scott Painter told the press on numerous occasions that it was a two-year deal with me and how he believed women could race on an equal footing with the guys."

With the collapse of her TrueCar/Dragon deal, Legge's prospects of putting together any kind of race program for 2013 now look very bleak, as the 32-year-old herself admitted.

"I am working feverishly to put something together; however, having this happen so late in the game has made it virtually impossible," she said. "I have fought very hard, every step of my career, to get the opportunities that I have created for myself and I will continue to do so.

"I am also not sure whether IndyCar will take a stand on my behalf," she added. "I am unsure of whether there is anything they can do apart from lend me their support."

Until she was dropped by Dragon she had been working hard to secure the extra sponsorship funding needed by the team to run the second car in 2013 alongside Bourdais.

"I have spent most of this off-season trying to help TrueCar mitigate their costs and bring sponsors onboard with their Initiative, having invested a great deal of my own time, effort and money," she said, before lashing out personally at team co-owner Jay Penske.

"Jay Penske's actions in Nantucket really hurt my ability to find additional and personal sponsors, and it was highly embarrassing, especially with the message that we were trying to portray regarding the empowerment of women in motorsport," she said, referring to Penske's arrest last August on charges of breaking and entering, along with his older brother Mark.

Responding to Legge's threat of legal action, Dragon Racing issued a brief statement refuting the driver's main charges.

"Both Dragon Racing and TrueCar have tried to amicably resolve this matter with Legge and her representatives to no avail," the statement said. "Aside of acknowledging the existence of the dispute, due to the confidential nature of the dispute, neither of the parties will be making any further public statements regarding this matter, but both TrueCar and Dragon Racing have ample confidence that they will undoubtedly prevail."

As for the original decision to replace Legge, Dragon Racing's Executive Vice President Paul Woolnough said that: "Our primary sponsor and Dragon Racing have decided it is best for the team to move in a different direction for the upcoming season."

TrueCar CEO Scott Painter was also quoted on the team press release, echoing similar sentiments about the decision to replace Legge with Saavedra in 2013.

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