Motorsports key guests for 2006 conference

KATHERINE LEGGE TO APPEAR AT SAE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING CONFERENCE DEARBORN, Mich. (11/27/2006) -- PKV Racing driver Katherine Legge -- the first female racer to run full-time in the Champ Car World Series -- will make an appearance at the...

KATHERINE LEGGE TO APPEAR AT SAE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING CONFERENCE

DEARBORN, Mich. (11/27/2006) -- PKV Racing driver Katherine Legge -- the first female racer to run full-time in the Champ Car World Series -- will make an appearance at the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

Legge scored a victory in her first Atlantic race (Long Beach, 2005), making her the first female driver to win a major open-wheel race in United States. In that same year, she tested a Champ Car, Formula 1 car and an A1GP car in the offseason before signing with PKV Racing.

In addition to Legge's appearance, Professor E. S. Watkins, President, FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety, will deliver the opening keynote address at the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference & Exhibition, Dec. 5-7, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.

Commonly known as "Professor Sid," Dr. Watkins is an internationally known neurosurgeon with more than 25 years experience as the FIA Formula One Safety Delegate and Medical Delegate, head of the Formula One on-track medical team, and first responder in case of a crash.

The FIA credits Watkins for the modernization of medical standards in Formula One.

Watkins has written or co-authored a number of books on racing safety, including "Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One."

Along with Legge and Watkins, International Motorsports Hall of Famer Bobby Rahal will be the conference's banquet speaker. Among other motorsports professionals participating in the conference are Champ Car's Scott Elkins, NHRA's Don Taylor, Nick Hayes of Richard Childress Racing, as well as two of SAE's most famous members, Neil Ressler and Peter Wright.

For more information on the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference & Exhibition, please visit www.sae.org/events/mec/ .

-credit: sae.org

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