LEGGE'S HISTORIC WIN AT TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH NOMINATED FOR "RACING'S TOP '05 MOMENT" BY L.A. SPORTS COUNCIL LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2005) -- Rookie Katherine Legge's victory in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Series season...
LEGGE'S HISTORIC WIN AT TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH NOMINATED FOR "RACING'S TOP '05 MOMENT" BY L.A. SPORTS COUNCIL
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2005) -- Rookie Katherine Legge's victory in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Series season opener April 10 at Long Beach was not only a motorsports milestone - it was the first-EVER win by a woman in a major, open-wheel race in North America - it is also one of three finalists for the top auto racing moment of the year in Southern California.
Beginning Nov. 15, the Los Angeles Sports Council is conducting public voting via its web site for the top moments in 16 different sports categories. Fans can vote for their favorite moments by logging on to www.lasports.org and clicking the "Greatest Moments" icon at the top of the page. Voting runs through December 5, with results revealed Sunday evening, Dec. 11 in a star-studded award presentation at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel that will be aired live on KCAL Channel 9.
A blue-ribbon media panel will rank the top 10 overall sports moments of the year and will also select the 2005 Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Executive of the year, with those results also announced at the awards show.
Legge's win was no fluke: she went on to win twice more - at Edmonton and San Jose - and finish third in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic point standings. What's more, her Long Beach win marked the first time in three years that a Toyota Atlantic driver had won a race in his or her debut!
The Atlantic Championship series has long been noted for graduating stars into Champ Car World Series competition, including past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Michael Andretti.
Racing milestones are nothing new to the 25-year-old native of Northhampton, England. In 2000, Legge was the first woman to capture a pole position in the British Formula Ford Zetec Series, earning her the British Women Racing Drivers Club's "Fastest Lap Speed" Award, and the sobriquet of "fastest woman in the United Kingdom."
She'll be back to defend her Atlantic Series title at the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 7-9.
Tickets for the Grand Prix can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling the toll-free ticket hotline at (888) 82-SPEED. A handy ticket brochure - which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and an order form - can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. Tickets are also available online at longbeachgp.com or ticketmaster.com.
Ticket prices for the Grand Prix range from $35 for Friday/Saturday general admission up to $115 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seats in upper levels of the grandstands. Pre-paid parking packages are also available when ordering through the Grand Prix Ticket Office.
Handicapped seating, Bosch Champ Car Garage passes, super photo tickets and a variety of hospitality club packages are also available.
For more information, visit longbeachgp.com.