CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Legge joins Ford "Warriors in Pink"

CHAMP CAR ROOKIE KATHERINE LEGGE TO CARRY FORD MOTOR COMPANY'S WARRIORS IN PINK LIVERY IN ROAD AMERICA RACE INDIANAPOLIS (September 21, 2006) -- The late, great Dale Earnhardt once drove a pink race car in his nascent days in the sport ...

CHAMP CAR ROOKIE KATHERINE LEGGE TO CARRY FORD MOTOR COMPANY'S WARRIORS IN PINK LIVERY IN ROAD AMERICA RACE

INDIANAPOLIS (September 21, 2006) -- The late, great Dale Earnhardt once drove a pink race car in his nascent days in the sport and drag-racing legend Shirley 'Cha-Cha' Muldowney steered her pink Top Fueler to championships but pink Champ Cars are few and far between.

That will change at the September 22-24 Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America where Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford rookie Katherine Legge (#20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) will pilot a pink PKV Racing machine to support Ford Motor Company's Warriors in Pink program.

"We are pleased to have Katherine Legge as a Warrior in Pink," said Ford Racing Technology Director Dan Davis. "Ford has been a long-time supporter of The Komen Foundation and with this special race car and awareness campaign at Road America, we contribute to educating our fans about breast cancer."

The Warriors in Pink program is a part of Ford's effort to eradicate breast cancer through its commitment to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series®, for which the automotive company has dedicated $87 million in donations and in-kind gifts to date, during its 12 year sponsorship. The Indianapolis-based PKV Racing team will do its part to raise awareness by repainting its Champ Car while Legge will don a Warriors in Pink-themed firesuit for the weekend.

At the end of the weekend, Legge will donate her uniform, including her shoes, gloves and her specially-designed Troy Lee-painted helmet, to a charity auction with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The firesuit was donated by Puma, which created the new look for Legge at no cost, while Champ Car partner Sherwin-Williams donated the paint for the new livery at no charge to the team, as well as an additional $5,000 on top of the cost of the paint.

"It is an honor for me to contribute to such a great cause and I am happy to support Ford in any way I can.," Legge said. "My team and I feel privileged to do anything we can to raise awareness for breast cancer research and to further the effort of finding a cure and we just hope we can make a difference."

In addition, each car in the Champ Car field will carry a special Ford logo that incorporates a pink ribbon designed to increase awareness toward finding a cure for the disease. Champ Car is also donating $10,000 to the Warriors in Pink program as part of the special weekend.

The Warriors in Pink collection includes women's and men's t-shirts, thermals, children's t-shirts, leather cuffs and other accessories. The items feature bold symbols that represent the Warrior spirit of taking charge, living out loud, harnessing power and standing together. One hundred percent of net proceeds from Warriors in Pink merchandise will benefit the Komen Foundation. Warriors in Pink apparel and accessories for men, women and children can be purchased online at www.fordcares.com.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Katherine Legge
Teams Williams