Last Friday, May 15th, Katherine Legge got her Indy 500 ride for 2016 and a new team platform that will most-likely change racing as we know it, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
Grace Autosport, the first all-women IndyCar team, announced their formation and their intention to compete in the 100th Annual Indianapolis 500 next year with two-time entrant, Katherine Legge, driving for the team. She was last seen in the IndyCar ranks back in 2013, where she finished 33rd for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Legge is also a member of the FIA Women In Motorsports Ambassadors group, and one of only nine women to start the Indy 500.
After her IndyCar ride with Dragon Racing ended due to sponsor problems in 2012, Legge has driven for DeltaWing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship ever since, and also races part-time in the Formula E series. She was considered for a Indy 500 seat this year with Dale Coyne Racing, but that seat eventually went to James Davison. Grace Autosport also announced the hiring of aerodynamicist, Catherine Crawford, who helped out with Legge’s IndyCar in 2012, engineer/data analysis manager Lauren Elkins, and junior design engineer Jessica Rowe, to the team.
“It is wonderful to see an inspirational team with such an impressive depth of experience and knowledge,” Michele Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission said in a release. “The fact the team is led by women in many of the key roles showcases the fact everyone can have a place in motorsport. Equality is there. Young women should be encouraged to seek the opportunities; this team again demonstrates that gender does not have to be a barrier in relation to success in all areas of racing.”