CHAMPCAR/CART: Legge has thumb surgery

PKV RACING'S KATHERINE LEGGE HAS SURGERY ON RIGHT THUMB INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - NOVEMBER 17, 2006 - - PKV Racing's Katherine Legge had surgery to insert two screws in the joint of her right thumb yesterday, November 16 at Ortho Indy Medical Center...

PKV RACING'S KATHERINE LEGGE HAS SURGERY ON RIGHT THUMB

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - - NOVEMBER 17, 2006 - - PKV Racing's Katherine Legge had surgery to insert two screws in the joint of her right thumb yesterday, November 16 at Ortho Indy Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Legge, who complained of pain in the thumb following last weekend's Gran Premio Telmex at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico, was diagnosed at the Champ Car Medical Unit on-site with a fracture in the joint of the right thumb by Dr. Chris Pinderski. The injury occurred during a first lap incident, which forced Legge to pit for repairs. She returned to competition and was running at the end of the 66 lap contest.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Dickie and according to medical reports the injury will not affect any future use of the thumb nor will it affect Legge's ability to drive in the future.

Commenting on the surgery Legge, who is currently recovering at home in Indianapolis where she resides, said, "I just can't say enough about Champ Car medical staff. They do a great job and it is very comforting knowing they are there for the drivers. I also want to thank Dr. Dickie, who performed the surgery. He did a fantastic job. I have a bit of pain right now, but that is to be expected. The good news is that when I recover I will be 100%."

Legge, a Champ Car World Series rookie, made 14 starts for PKV Racing driving the #20 Bell Micro -- PKV Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone entry. The native of Britain earned four top-10 finishes in the 14 races placing a season, and career, high sixth at Milwaukee, eighth in her Champ Car debut at Long Beach eighth in Cleveland and ninth in Denver. She qualified in the top-10 twice (eighth on the oval in Milwaukee and on the Road America road course). Legge finished third in laps completed (1094 of 1185) and ninth in laps led with 11. She placed 16th in the final championship standings with 128 points and fifth in the Roshrans Rookie of the Year race.

Legge established a number of Champ Car records this season. She is the first female to start a Champ Car/CART race since Lyn St. James at Michigan in 1995 and the first female to lead a Champ Car race (Milwaukee, 12 laps). Her sixth place finish at Milwaukee set a new Series high for a female driver (her eighth in Long Beach and Cleveland give her the three best finishes) surpassing a ninth place finish by Janet Guthrie at the 1978 Indianapolis 500. Legge won three races and finished third last year in her rookie season in the Atlantic Championship Series. Her victory in her debut Atlantic event at Long Beach made her the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Lyn St. James , Janet Guthrie