Katherine Legge has confirmed her much-expected departure from the DTM series and announced that she is eyeing a move to the IndyCar Series, after a three-year stint with Audi.

Katherine Legge is aiming for a return to IndyCarsThis wouldn’t be Legge’s first move to the United States, as she previously drove in the ChampCar World Series between 2006 and 2007 for PKV Racing and Dale Coyne Racing, with both of these outfits currently competing in the IndyCar Series. She became the first female driver to lead a ChampCar race, and perhaps her most famous moment came when she survived an enormous accident at Road America in 2006 with barely a scratch.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Legge said.

“I feel very much at home in America and want to progress my career in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, as it’s such an exciting time for the series and that great race.

Katherine Legge, 2010 Katherine Legge, ChampCar 2007
Legge has not enjoyed the success she would not doubt have hoped for in the DTM, and is pinning her hopes on rediscovering better results in a return to the American open-wheeler scene.

“I moved back to the states at the end of 2010 and am in talks with IndyCar teams and officials.”

Legge’s stint in the DTM has unfortunately not borne the fruit that she had perhaps hoped, when she joined the series as the replacement for Vanina Ickx, the daughter of former F1 star Jacky.

In 32 races, she has failed to finish a race inside the top-ten, although she has largely been saddled with the older-spec Audi A4 cars.

Legge has now been replaced by Swiss driver Rahel Frey for the 2011 season.

[Original images via LAT, Sutton Images and XPB]

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