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2013 Indy 500: Legge still working on Indy deal

Former Dragon Racing driver Katherine Legge says that she's still actively pursuing a race seat for this month's Indianapolis 500.
British racing star Katherine Legge says that she hasn't given up hope of making a return to the IZOD IndyCar Series in this month's Indianapolis 500, despite exiting the series following a breakdown in relations with her former team Dragon Racing over the winter.

"I am desperately still trying to put a 500 deal together,” Legge said this week. “I am still talking to people and that's the goal for the moment."

Legge qualified in 30th place for last year's race at Indianapolis and went on to finish in 22nd position in her rookie appearance in the 'greatest spectacle in motorsport.' During the course of the year, she appeared in a total of ten of the 15 races in the 2012 season, with her best result of ninth place coming in the last outing of the year at Fontana.

The 32-year-old from Surrey, who previously raced in the Champ Car World Series and then moved to the German DTM championship, managed only a partial IndyCar season in 2012 because of Dragon Racing's engine deal with Lotus collapsing early in the year. That left her and team mate Sebastien Bourdais sharing only one Chevrolet engine between them for the rest of the season after Indianapolis.

Legge has been out of a regular racing spot since her acrimonious split with Jay Penske's team over the winter, which saw her replaced as Bourdais' team mate by Colombia's Sebastian Saavedra. Legge has confirmed that her breach of contract action against the team is still ongoing, adding that it is not in her nature to let such things go and that she is determined to carry on "fighting for what I believe in."

Since getting dropped by the IndyCar team, Legge has been trying out the distinctive DeltaWing in an April test at Road Atlanta and has since confirmed that she will make her début in the experimental prototype in the American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey on May 11.

She will take the place of Frenchman Olivier Pla whose extended racing schedule in Europe with OAK Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and with Porsche GT has forced him to drop out of the DeltaWing driver program after racing in the LMP1 class at Sebring in March.

Legge revealed that regular DeltaWing Racing team driver Andy Meyrick - another British talent, from Swansea in Wales - had given her some wise words of advice beforehand. "He said, 'Try not to preconceive how it drives by looking at it,'" Legge revealed to US motorsports blog

"It was really exciting to get in the car [at Road Atlanta] for the first time," Legge told trackside reporters after her initial runs in the distinctive vehicle, which made its race bow in last year's Le Mans 24 Hours. "Having driven lots of types of racing cars, I didn't know what to expect, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

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need4speed - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 7:05 PM

Im sure a contract was in place with Dragon Racing, therefore they ought not to have sacked her. I hope her legal action goes well and she gets something out of it, sadly it wont give her the car back (for 'The500')

Hope this talented driver gets a Legge up on her lawsuit against the PISSING Penske for stealing the sponsor she brought to this down and out team that took in South American funny money. Palm Beach tide yacht club,rebecca cummings.

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