Katherine Legge will not race at the Indianapolis 500

Katherine Legge will not race at the Indianapolis 500 after drawing fan interest in an all-female race team. 

Veteran IndyCar race driver Katherine Legge will not compete in qualification for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 as previously believed. Legge, a veteran of the Indy 500 competing in the race in 2012 and 2013, has decided against competing siting the inability to find a viable car.

Legge had made waves by announcing she would use an all-female pit crew, something never before done in the race’s history. Legge drives for Grace Autosport, who announced it would pursue full-time competition in the IndyCar series. The company also announced it would compete with female drivers, engineers and pit crew members.

This week, however, Grace Autosport announced it would not attempt to qualify in this year’s edition of the race. The reason given for the announcement centered on the inability to gain a Dallara DW12 chassis, preventing Legge and company from gaining a spot on the 33-car entry list.

“The Grace Autosport initiative is far more than a race program,” team principal Beth Paretta recently stated. “Concurrent to building the race team, we have been assembling commercial partners and the essential pieces for our STEM educational initiatives to reach the community and the classroom that we set forth a year ago.”

RACER: Katherine Legge DeltaWing at Sebring 2016

Ride with DeltaWing driver Katherine Legge as she laps the 3.7-mile Sebring circuit during practice for the great 12 Hour race.

Originally from England, Legge has had a varied career since arriving in the US in 2005. In her previous two performances at the Indy 500, Legge finished 22nd and 26th, respectively.

The ideas behind Grace Autosport are in the right place: put women in key roles in autosports. It is an opportunity to get more women into a male dominated sport. While fellow race driver Danica Patrick has seen more success in racing, Legge and her team are looking to create a legacy within the sport. Grace Autosport is aiming to make racing “cool” to a generation of girls that don’t see the sport as a viable option.

This year’s running of the Indianapolis 500 marks the 100th race in its history. Legge may very well return next year, but her entry will depend on the sustainability of Grace Autosport in the meantime.

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Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.