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2013 Indy 500: Legge still working on Indy deal

"It braked really well, it turned really positively, and it was really fast in a straight line. It drove like a really good racing car," she added. "It was very stable, and I also was impressed with the way it handled. It was really neat to get it going."

"She did a good job," said DeltaWing Racing team manager Dave Price. "Most of the time we were doing engine work, but Katherine got on with it and didn't make a fuss." The DeltaWing - which used Nissan power in 2012 - is now employing an engine from Elan Motorsports Technologies, a company operated by team owner Don Panoz.

But while Legge is enjoying the experience of trying out the innovative light-weight DeltaWing and of getting back out on track in race trim, she says that she remains crystal clear about her priorities - even though her DeltaWing outing falls on the same weekend as Opening Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I really want to do the 500, I've been pushing very hard to do that and then who knows what will happen," she said when asked about her plans beyond that. "If the DeltaWing develops into a long-term opportunity or something else comes along, I have no idea."

But Legge said that despite the bitter taste left from the Dragon Racing fallout, she was more determined than ever to keep going and not give up her motorsport ambitions. "I need to get back to winning races," she told "For a while now I haven't been in a car that has been able to do that.

"What I want is the opportunity to do what I am capable of," she insisted. "I want to earn just one year, just one opportunity to prove to myself what I am capable of.

"I was down for a while, but I picked myself up and I dusted myself off and I am back to fighting," she added. "Life is what you make it. You make your own opportunities and you have to do everything within your power to fulfill your dreams."

Legge's compatriot Pippa Mann announced on Tuesday that she had secured a race seat for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing, putting her alongside another Briton Justin Wilson in the squad and also Brazil's Ana Beatriz. That makes it the first time that two female drivers will have been entered as team mates in the Indy 500. (See separate story.)

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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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