Fontana, Calif. — TrueCar Racing driver Katherine Legge was greeted by track temperatures at Auto Club Speedway that were far in excess of those from her test here just over a week ago. However, she was also greeted by a No. 6 TrueCar Dragon Racing Chevrolet that was more pleasant -- and faster -- than what the UK-native experienced when she was last on-track here at the two-mile circuit.
The newly-found speed showed in the first practice of the day, where Legge was inside the top-eight positions for most of the session, finally settling at 11th-fastest in the 26-car field.
"I think we have a really good car," said Legge. "The team have done a fantastic job. We were here testing last week and it was pretty sketchy. They’ve gone away and given me this brilliant car to drive today. So, I am very much looking forward to the race tomorrow."
Legge's qualifying run for the MAV TV American Real 500 was much anticipated as the rookie pulled away 23rd in line to make her two-lap attempt. Her morning practice speed carried over into qualifying, but a slight oversteer on her second qualifying lap left the rookie in 14th position overall with a two-lap average of 213.308 miles per hour.
"We could have done a bit better job today," noted Legge. "I think we had a 214 [mph] going on the first lap, so that was looking good and would have placed us inside the top 10. But then I had a bit of a ‘catch it’ moment going through Turn 2 on the second lap and we lost a bit of speed. In all, my Chevy was feeling fast and racy today, so I feel like we have a shot at a good finish tomorrow."
Legge's starting position for tomorrow's race improves to 7th after more than half the 26-car field for tomorrow's race at Auto Club Speedway received 10-position starting penalties for violating IZOD IndyCar Series rules relative to engine changes.
Source: TrueCar Racing