Pro Racer Katherine Legge Helps Girls Get Up To Speed About Pursuing Dreams

By Mike Brudenell
Detroit Free Press.

Katherine Legge has a message for NASCAR great Richard Petty, who apparently isn’t impressed with Danica Patrick in a stock car and says the only way she’ll get a Sprint Cup victory is if she is the only driver on the track at the time.

Give me a shot — I’ll drive for you. And if the equipment is good enough, I think I can win.

Though Legge didn’t use those exact words after giving a motivational talk to a group of young girls Wednesday at the Detroit International Academy for Young Women on Woodward Avenue, she said she’d be up to the challenge of proving to Petty she could wheel a Sprint Cup car as well as the good old boys.

Legge, 33, a professional race driver from Guildford, England, is personable, cheeky and a lot of fun to chat with.

On the racetrack, she is as tough as an old pair of boots.

In 2006, Legge was involved in a 180-mile-per-hour crash during a Champ Car race at Road America in Wisconsin when the rear wing on the car flew off and she demolished her open-wheel machine against the catch wire fencing, splitting the car in three.

After a safety crew cut her from the tub of the car, Legge was transported to the infield care center, where she emerged shortly after waving and smiling.

“Goes to show how strong the cars are,” said Legge to reporters. “I just have a bit of bruising.”

Legge, who was in town to visit with the students at Detroit International Academy, many of them on the robotics team and future engineers, will race May 30-June 1 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, where she’ll drive the DeltaWing car in a round of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.

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