ATLANTIC STANDOUT KATHERINE LEGGE TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS GORSLINE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD INDIANAPOLIS (December 2, 2005) -- British rising racing star Katherine Legge hopes to continue to build on the skills she displayed this season while...
ATLANTIC STANDOUT KATHERINE LEGGE TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS GORSLINE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
INDIANAPOLIS (December 2, 2005) -- British rising racing star Katherine Legge hopes to continue to build on the skills she displayed this season while competing in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama and improve as a driver after being named this year's recipient of the prestigious Gorsline Scholarship award.
For the 13th consecutive year the Gorsline Company is providing the Scholarship to help develop and enhance the skills of a talented, young racing star both on and off the track. Awarded annually to an aspiring driver "who consistently displays exceptional talent and a professional respect for motorsport," the Gorsline Scholarship is designed to help its recipients refine their skills as they continue to grow their racing careers. The Gorsline Company is a longtime provider of insurance and financial services for corporate and professional clients, including many in the motorsports industry.
While becoming the first woman to ever win a major open-wheel event in North America by claiming three Atlantic victories and a third-place championship finish in 2005, Legge displayed both the talent and professionalism that embody the Gorsline Scholarship. In being selected as this year's winner she joins an impressive list of Gorsline Scholarship awardees, including many with ties to the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. Previous Scholarship winners and Atlantic graduates include: Bryan Herta, Anthony Lazzaro, Buddy Rice, David Besnard, Bryan Sellers, Rocky Moran Jr. and Danica Patrick.
Legge will be presented with the Scholarship at this weekend's Autosport Magazine Awards celebration in London, England. Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss will make the presentation of the award to Legge, the 25-year-old native of Great Britain.
Legge will also be recognized for the Scholarship during the annual American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) banquet and 50th anniversary celebration of the organization this Saturday in Indianapolis. Pam Griffith, co-owner of Legge's Atlantic team, Polestar Racing Group, will accept the award on Legge's behalf at the AARWBA festivities. Charles Zwolsman, the 2005 Atlantic series champion, and Legge will also be honored at the banquet for being named to this season's All-American Auto Racing Team.
"Katherine had an outstanding season in 2005 on many, many levels, not just in her driving skills," said John Gorsline, President of the Gorsline Company. "She did a tremendous job competing and representing the best development series in the world today in the Atlantic championship."
For earning the '06 Scholarship, Legge will participate in two unique development programs designed to further her skills as a racer. She will undergo training and counseling in both the Speed Secrets and Lyn St. James driver development initiatives, which feature both mental and physical workshops and coaching and mentoring specifically tailored for Legge's career enhancement.