Katherine Anne Legge (/ˈlɛɡ/ LEG; born 12 July 1980)[1][2] is a British professional auto racing driver, competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. She is also featured in Richard Hammond's Crash Course.

Racing career

Early racing and Atlantics

Prior to joining the Toyota Atlantic series, Guildford-born Legge raced in several developmental open-wheel series in Britain, including Formula Three, Formula Renault and Formula Ford. In 2000, she was the first woman to achieve a pole in a Zetec race. In 2001, she beat Kimi Räikkönen's lap record and achieved a pole, and she was the first woman to receive the BRDC's "Rising Star" accolade.

Legge's move to the United States came about in 2004, when after running out of finances to continue her racing career, she visited the UK offices of Cosworth, refusing to leave until she had met Cosworth boss Kevin Kalkhoven. Kalkhoven sent his daughter to speak to Legge to get her to leave: after a brief conversation with Legge, she instead told Kalkhoven that he should meet with her. Kalkhoven then offered her a drive in the first three rounds of the 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship with Polestar Motor Racing: this was her first full-time drive. She won the series opener at Long Beach in her first career Atlantic start.[3] In doing so, she became the first woman to win a developmental open-wheel race in North America. Legge went on to take her second and third wins of the season at Edmonton and San Jose. She finished the season 3rd in the championship with three wins and five podiums. She also received the Toyota Atlantic BBS Rising Star 2005 Award.

In November 2005, Legge became the first woman to test a Formula One car since Sarah Fisher in 2002, when she tested on the second and third days (22 and 23 November) of the Minardi team's final testing session at Vallelunga.[4] After she crashed after 2 laps on her first run on the track, it was decided to postpone the test until the following day, on which she completed 27 laps with a best lap time of 1:21.176.[5] She was also the first woman to test an A1 Grand Prix car, on 9–11 December 2005 with A1 Team Great Britain.[6]

She received the 2005 RACER Magazine "Most Promising Road Racer of The Year" award, a title that had been awarded every year since 2002 to A. J. Allmendinger. Other recipients include Räikkönen, Jenson Button, Cristiano da Matta, Alex Barron, Giancarlo Fisichella, Greg Moore, and Gil de Ferran.

Champ Car

In the 2005–2006 off-season, Legge tested a Champ Car once for Rocketsports Racing and twice for PKV Racing. In February 2006, it was announced that she would drive for PKV Racing in the 2006 Champ Car season. In June, she became the first woman to lead a lap in series history, leading 12 laps at Milwaukee.[7] Legge suffered a violent accident at the 2006 Grand Prix of Road America when the rear wing of her car broke; she was able to walk away from the car unharmed.[8][9]

Legge drove for Dale Coyne Racing in 2007, and her best result in the series was sixth place, twice.

DTM

Legge competing at the Hockenheimring, during the 2009 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season.

In 2008, Legge moved to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series, driving for Colin Kolles' Futurecom TME Audi team. For 2009 and 2010 she raced for the Abt Sportsline team, who were the 2008 champions. For 2009 she was the only one of the 5 drivers in the Abt Sportline team using the previous year's car.

Return to the US

In January 2012, Legge signed with Dragon Racing in the IndyCar Series, alongside Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais.[10] Legge reached a two-year agreement with sponsor TrueCar as part of their Women Empowered campaign.[11] However, since the Lotus engines were shown to be uncompetitive, the team made a change to Chevrolet engines. But team owner Jay Penske could only procure one Chevrolet engine lease agreement for the team, so they could only enter one car per race after Indianapolis. Therefore, for the remainder of 2012, Dragon entered Bourdais at the road and street courses, and Legge at oval tracks, except for Sonoma Raceway where both drivers were able to compete.[12] Legge finished 26th in points, competing in ten of the 15 races, and had a best finish of ninth in the 2012 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Auto Club Speedway.

In 2013, Legge left IndyCar to join the DeltaWing program in the United SportsCar Championship. Legge competed in the 2014 and 2015 seasons for DeltaWing.

In May 2015, Legge announced her involvement with the Grace Autosport project to enter the 2016 Indianapolis 500 race. Working with the support of the FIA's Women in Motorsport Commission, the all-female team set out to promote technology and engineering as a career for young women.[13]

Legge joined Michael Shank Racing in 2017 to drive an Acura NSX GT3 at the IMSA SportsCar Championship. In the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona Legge raced as part of an all-female team alongside Simona de Silvestro, Christina Nielsen and Ana Beatriz, having placed second in class the previous year. She was placed 15th in their class after Legge brushed a wall and damaged the car's suspension.[3]

Formula E

Legge signed for the Amlin Aguri team to compete in the inaugural season of the Formula E electric open-wheel series.[14] She raced in the first two races before being dropped for Salvador Durán.

European Le Mans Series

In July 2020, while participating in the pre race testing at Paul Ricard ahead of the European Le Mans Series, Legge was injured in a crash suffering a broken wrist and leg. Legge was part of the all-female Richard Mille Racing team along with Sophia Florsch and Tatiana Calderón.[15]

NASCAR

Legge's No. 15 NASCAR Xfinity car at Road America in 2018

In August 2018, Legge joined JD Motorsports for her NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, driving the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro. As part of a two-race schedule with the team, she also competed at Road America.[16] Legge later made her oval debut at Richmond Raceway.[17]

Personal life

Legge is a member of the Women in Motorsport Commission of the FiA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile).

She was briefly engaged to German racing driver Peter Terting.[18]

Motorsports career results

Complete American open-wheel racing results

(key)

Atlantic Championship

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2005 Polestar Racing Group LBH
1
MTY
5
POR1
9
POR2
3
CLE1
16
CLE2
5
TOR
6
EDM
1
SJO
1
DEN
17
ROA
2
MTL
4
3rd 267
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Championships
1 1 12 0 3 2 5 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Champ Car

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2006 PKV Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE LBH
8
HOU
14
MTY
14
MIL
6
POR
13
CLE
8
TOR
14
EDM
13
SJO
12
DEN
9
MTL
13
ROA
16
SRF
15
MXC
16
16th 133
2007 Dale Coyne Racing Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE LVG
6
LBH
10
HOU
16
POR
17
CLE
15
MTT
11
TOR
16
EDM
16
SJO
16
ROA
15
ZOL
11
ASN
12
SRF
15
MXC
15
15th 108
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Championships
2 2 28 0 0 0 6 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

IndyCar Series

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2012 Lotus-Dragon Racing Dallara DW12 6 Lotus STP
23
ALA
23
LBH
19
SAO
26
26th 137
Dragon Racing Chevrolet INDY
22
DET TXS
15
MIL
18
IOW
15
TOR EDM MDO SNM
24
BAL FON
9
2013 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports 81 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
26
DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU FON 37th 8
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Championships
2 2 11 0 0 0 1 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2012 Dallara Chevrolet 30 22 Dragon Racing
2013 Dallara Honda 33 26 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Great Britain GBR
SPR
GBR
FEA
GER
SPR
GER
FEA
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
UAE
SPR

PO
UAE
FEA

PO
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
USA
SPR
USA
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
3rd 97

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Futurecom TME Audi A4 DTM 2006 HOC
18
OSC
17
MUG
18
LAU
15
NOR
15
ZAN
16†
NÜR
Ret
BRH
19
CAT
Ret
LMS
16
HOC
NC
19th 0
2009 Abt Lady Power Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
12
LAU
Ret
NOR
12
ZAN
Ret
OSC
17†
NÜR
Ret
BRH
15
CAT
Ret
DIJ
16
HOC
17†
18th 0
2010 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
14
VAL
DNS
LAU
14
NOR
16
NÜR
15
ZAN
14
BRH
14
OSC
Ret
HOC
Ret
ADR
15
SHA
14
18th 0
  • † — Retired, but was classified as she completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2014–15 Amlin Aguri Spark SRT01-e SRT01-e BEI
15
PUT
15
PDE BUE MIA LBH MCO BER MSC LDN LDN 34th 0

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2014 DeltaWing Racing Cars P DeltaWing DWC13 Élan (Mazda) 1.9 L I4 Turbo DAY
16
SEB
15
LBH LGA
9
DET WGL
12
MOS
DNS
IMS ELK
6
COA PET
4
19th 131
2015 DeltaWing Racing Cars w/ Claro/TracFone P DeltaWing DWC13 Élan (Mazda) 1.9 L I4 Turbo DAY
15
SEB
12
LBH
9
LGA
8
DET WGL
8
MOS
8
ELK
6
COA
7
PET
8
8th 207
2016 Panoz DeltaWing Racing P DeltaWing DWC13 Élan (Mazda) 1.9 L I4 Turbo DAY
12
SEB
9
LBH
8
LGA
5
WGL
7
MOS
7
ELK
7
COA
5
PET
8
10th 247
Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb Agajanian Ligier JS P2 Honda HR28TT 2.8 L V6 Turbo DET
5
2017 Michael Shank Racing GTD Acura NSX GT3 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
11
SEB
14
LBH
7
COA
15
DET
1
WGL
1
MOS
2
LIM
5
ELK
15
VIR
15
LGA
2
PET
14
6th 286
2018 Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian GTD Acura NSX GT3 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
2
SEB
8
MDO
2
DET
1
WGL
2
MOS
5
LIM
4
ELK
7
VIR
3
LGA
1
PET
2
2nd 329
2019 Heinricher Racing w/ Meyer Shank Racing GTD Acura NSX GT3 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
12
SEB
8
MDO
10
DET
9†
WGL
4
MOS
6
LIM
12
ELK
13
VIR
12
LGA
6
PET
7
9th 221
2020 GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser GTD Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo Lamborghini 5.2 L V10 DAY
16
DAY SEB ELK VIR ATL MDO CLT PET LGA SEB 57th 15
2021 Team Hardpoint EBM GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
10
SEB
5
MDO
11
DET
11†
WGL
10
WGL
8†
LIM
12
ELK
8
LGA
8
LBH
9
VIR
10
PET
8
9th 2400
2022 Team Hardpoint GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R Porsche MA1.76/MDG.G 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
10
SEB
8
LBH
7†
LGA
10
MDO DET WGL
14
MOS LIM ELK VIR
10
PET
12
16th 1292
2023 Racers Edge Motorsports with WTR GTD Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
4
SEB
LBH
MON
WGL
MOS
LIM
ELK
VIR
IMS PET
-* 0*

|} Points only counted towards the WeatherTech Sprint Cup and not the overall GTD Championship.

24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Class No Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos.
2007 DP 84 United States Robinson Racing Riley Mk XI United States George Robinson
United States Wally Dallenbach Jr.
United States Paul Dallenbach
596 25 15
2014 P 0 United States DeltaWing Racing Cars DeltaWing DWC13 Colombia Gabby Chaves
United States Alexander Rossi
United Kingdom Andy Meyrick
288 61 DNF 17 DNF
2015 P 0 United States Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13 Colombia Gabby Chaves
Mexico Memo Rojas
United Kingdom Andy Meyrick
42 53 DNF 16 DNF
2016 P 0 United States Panoz DeltaWing Racing DeltaWing DWC13 United States Sean Rayhall
United Kingdom Andy Meyrick
Germany Andreas Wirth
119 53 DNF 12 DNF
2017 GTD 93 United States Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 United States Andy Lally
United States Graham Rahal
Canada Mark Wilkins
617 29 11
2018 GTD 86 United States Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 United States A. J. Allmendinger
United States Trent Hindman
Portugal Álvaro Parente
751 22 2
2019 GTD 57 United States Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Brazil Bia Figueiredo
550 32 12
2020 GTD 19 United States GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Denmark Christina Nielsen
Colombia Tatiana Calderón
Switzerland Rahel Frey
471 35 DNF 16 DNF
2021 GTD 88 United States Team Hardpoint EBM Porsche 911 GT3 New Zealand Earl Bamber
United States Rob Ferriol
Denmark Christina Nielsen
737 32 10
2022 GTD 99 United States Team Hardpoint Porsche 911 GT3 United States Nick Boulle
United States Rob Ferriol
United Kingdom Stefan Wilson
672 37 10

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2021 Iron Lynx LMGTE Am Ferrari 488 GTE Evo Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 SPA
8
ALG MNZ LMS BHR
8
BHR
8
19th 14

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2018 JD Motorsports 15 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH
30
BRI ROA
14
DAR IND LVS RCH
28
CLT
33
DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM 51st 46 [19]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

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