EAST LANSING, Mich. (December 12, 2005) – Rocketsports Racing will begin testing at Florida’s Sebring International Raceway today and following the announcement that they will be running Richard Lyons during the two-day test came the announcement that Katherine Legge will also have the chance to run in one of the team’s Champ Cars.
The 25-year-old Briton has a bright future ahead of her in the wide world of auto racing. One of Europe’s top female race car drivers, Legge was the first woman to win a pole position in the British Formula Ford Zetec series in 2000. She competed in the British Formula Renault and British Formula 3 championships in 2002-2003. She furthered her racing resume in 2004 by racing for parts of both the British Formula Renault and North American Formula Renault series before getting her break in Atlantics.
Turning many heads during an off-season test for Toyota Atlantic team Polestar Racing Group, she was given the opportunity to run in the Champ Car feeder series backed by PKV Racing. In her first full season of racing professionally, she took the series by storm. Earning her first win in her debut race at Long Beach, Legge became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North American. She continued a strong run throughout the season to finish third in the championship standings with ten top-ten finishes, eight top-five, five podiums including two additional wins in Edmonton and San Jose.
The Northampton, England resident enriched her racing experience most recently by climbing into the cockpit of a Formula One car testing for Minardi, followed by a test with A1 Team GBR last weekend at Dubai Autodrome in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Legge became the first female to test a Formula One car in over a decade and the first female to step foot in to an A1 Grand Prix series car.
As Rocketsports begins to prepare for the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, the team will be running Richard Lyons during the first day of the test, with Legge expected to make her first run in a Champ Car tomorrow on the 1.72-mile permanent road course in Sebring.