Former Champ Car and DTM racer Katherine Legge is set to return to the American racing scene, with rumours swirling that she has signed a two-year deal to join the IndyCar scene with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
A three-time race-winner in the Toyota Atlantic series, Legge raced for two seasons in Champ Cars in 2006-7, firstly with PKV Racing before switching to Dale Coyne Racing the following year. She earned six top-ten finishes during her time in the series, and also became the first female driver to lead a race, achieving the feat at the 2006 race at Milwaukee.
That year, she also suffered an enormous accident at Road America when he rear wing sheared off her car. Despite the car completely disintegrating around her as she rolled multiple times into the catch fencing, she escaped all injury.
Between 2008-10, she spent three years in the DTM championship as Audi’s female representative in the championship, before heading back to Indianapolis to concentrate on cementing a return to the open-wheel racing scene.
With it now seemingly achieved, it is believed that her deal is for two years, with the option of a third. It is expected that an announcement confirming her signing will be made in the coming days.
Should this be the case, she will become the second female driver – following HVM’s Simona de Silvestro – to be confirmed for the 2012 IndyCar season, leaving Ana Beatriz and Pippa Mann vying for the remaining spots on the grid.
Dreyer & Reinbold – which ran Beatriz and Justin Wilson for much of 2011 – has not yet revealed details of its driver line-up for next year, although it is believed that Beatriz and Wilson are still both in the frame to stay on board, while the team is also rumoured to be interested in the services of Oriol Servià, who lost his drive with the Newman/Haas team when it recently announced it was shutting up shop.
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