Britain's Fastest Female Racing Driver heads for Toyota Atlantic Championship Katherine Legge has secured her drive in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship. She will be racing for Polestar Racing Group in association with the PKV Champ Car ...
Britain's Fastest Female Racing Driver heads for Toyota Atlantic Championship
Katherine Legge has secured her drive in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship. She will be racing for Polestar Racing Group in association with the PKV Champ Car team.
The 24-year-old Brit was offered a drive, after she jetted to the states to test drive with the team earlier this year and impressed them with her speed and determination.
Polestar first joined the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 2002. The Chardon, Ohio based team is managed, owned and operated by Jim Griffith, Pam Griffith and Bruce Potter. Jim Griffith is a respected engineer, with over 12 years experience in the Toyota Atlantic Championship. He has been responsible for engineering winning efforts for Patrick Carpenter, Alex Barron and Buddy Rice. Pam Griffith brings 20 years of logistical experience in motorsports. Bruce Potter is the team's data and engineering specialist who also played a large role in the Barron and Rice Toyota Atlantic Championships.
When asked to comment on Katherine's performance in the testing programme, Jim Griffith commented:
"I thought Katherine did a really good job. She got in the car and got right to it and she got down to competitive lap times right away. She wasn't nervous and was very professional and she gave us some good feedback on the car."
The Toyota Atlantic Championship presented by Yokohama, continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. For over 30 years, it has provided a stepping-stone to the upper ranks of open-wheel racing, which many experts believe is the best all-round training for racers with Champ Car or Formula 1 aspirations. The series continues to receive outstanding media coverage and outside of Champ Car and Formula 1, there is no other professional open-wheel racing series with comparable television impact.
Clearly ecstatic at having secured a drive, Katherine commented:
"I am delighted to be driving with Polestar Racing Group; the team is so professional and very helpful. I feel that the Toyota Atlantic Championship is where I want to be right now. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity given to me by PKV. It's a great Championship and I am in with an extremely good team, this will be the perfect situation with which to up my game."
"My aim is to become a successful driver and to be the fastest female road racer; I firmly believe Champ Car will be the place to achieve that.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship gets underway at the Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach on 8-10 April and Katherine will be heading to the states next week to continue with the testing programme.