Katherine Legge has become the eleventh driver to-date – and the first female – to be confirmed in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship. The British racer has signed on with the newly-renamed Amlin Aguri team (formerly Super Aguri).
It marks Legge’s return to open-wheel racing for the first time since 2012, when she ran a part-time campaign for the Dragon Racing team in the IndyCar Series. Coincidentally, Dragon Racing is one of the ten teams confirmed for the Formula E Championship, although it is yet to finalise its driver line-up.
Legge has had extensive open-wheel racing experience, most notably in the now-defunct Champ Car Series, as well as a one-off Formula 1 test with Minardi. She subsequently raced in the DTM championship for Audi before returning to the United States to compete in the American Le Mans Series with the radical DeltaWing effort.
Legge is the first of the Aguri team’s drivers to be announced. The team has changed its name from Super Aguri after landing a naming rights sponsorship deal with leading insurance group, Amlin.
“This is a really exciting opportunity,” she said. “The car is fantastic, it looks amazing and it will be very quick.
“Racing through the streets of the world’s leading cities will be an incredible experience and I think it’s a great chance to bring racing to the people.”
The world’s first all-electric racing championship kicks off on September 13 with the maiden race on the streets of Beijing.
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