POLESTAR RACING GROUP AND PKV RACING TO RUN PROMISING FEMALE DRIVER KATHERINE LEGGE IN 2005 TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2005) -- One of Europe's most talented and promising young, female open-wheel drivers will...
POLESTAR RACING GROUP AND PKV RACING TO RUN PROMISING FEMALE DRIVER KATHERINE LEGGE IN 2005 TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2005) -- One of Europe's most talented and promising young, female open-wheel drivers will compete for Polestar Racing Group this season as Great Britain's Katherine Legge joins the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama with a full-season entry for 2005.
Legge, who shined during a February test session with the Polestar team, will pilot the #12 Toyota/Swift/Yokohama car this season with PKV Racing of the Champ Car World Series serving as primary sponsor for the determined 24-year-old racer. Legge's 240 HP Atlantic machine will carry the new-look PKV Racing red and white color scheme this season as she hopes to compete for the championship for Polestar in her rookie Atlantic campaign.
"I am delighted to be driving with Polestar Racing Group this season," said Legge, a native of Guildford, England, who currently resides in Northhampton. "The team is so professional and helpful. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity presented to me by PKV Racing. Toyota Atlantics is a great Championship and I am in with an extremely good team. This will be the perfect situation for me. My aim is to become a successful driver and to be the fastest female road racer and I firmly believe that Toyota Atlantics and Champ Car are the places to achieve that."
After winning numerous karting titles in the UK in the 1990s as she honed her racing skills, Legge quickly established herself as one of Europe's fastest female drivers as she competed in the British Formula Ford, Formula Renault and Formula 3 championships over the last several years. She became the first woman to win a pole position in a Formula Ford Zetec race in 2000 and she earned the pole at Oulton Park in the British Formula Renault series in 2002. Last season, she ran in the North American Formula Renault championship and finished 10th in the final series standings, despite running only a partial season schedule.
"We're really looking forward to having Katherine on the team this season," said Polestar team owner Jim Griffith, who has helped engineer successful Atlantic rides for such series graduates as Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron, Buddy Rice and Ronnie Bremer in recent years. "I think she'll be a great asset to not only the team, but the series as well. She's a very fast and competitive female race car driver whose marketability is second to none. I expect her to come up to speed very quickly once we hit the track. I think it's also very exciting that PKV Racing is getting more involved and supporting Katherine and the Toyota Atlantic series."
Legge and the Polestar team will continue pre-season testing at Arizona's Firebird road course on March 30 and 31 before the 32nd season of Atlantic competition gets underway April 8-10 at the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. The championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve.
For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.toyotaatlantic.com. To learn more about Katherine Legge, log on to www.gokatherine.com.