Star Female Driver Katherine Legge Reveals She Had “Most Fun” in NASCAR and Wants to Return

Published 01/24/2021, 9:15 AM EST
MONTEREY, CA – SEPTEMBER 08: Katherine Legge, of Great Britain, smiles after winning the GTD class pole position for the American Tire 250 IMSA WeatherTechSeries race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 8, 2018 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)


Last year, former NASCAR racing driver Katherine Legge broke her left leg and was out of action for a while. Now, she is making a return to racing with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

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Recently, she was asked whether she even got any call-ups to the NASCAR Series after her limited NASCAR Xfinity stints.

She joked, “My phone’s been off the hook! Roger Penske keeps calling me, I’m like, ‘Roger, just… I can’t right now’.

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“I wish, but no, nobody’s called me, unfortunately. Honestly, that was the most fun I’ve ever had in a race car. I loved every minute of the Xfinity stuff that I did. I would give my right leg, because it’s the good one, to get back in.

“I’m pretty busy this year, I’ve got a few things that I’ve got planned.”

VALLELUNGA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 22: Katherine Legge of Great Britain poses before driving a Minardi Formula One car in a test on November 22, 2005 in Vallelunga, Italy. A female driver has not started a Grand Prix in the Formula One World Championship since Maria Grazia “Lella” Lombardi of Italy in the 1976 season. (Photo by Getty Images)

However, the British driver insisted that she would love to compete in any road courses. She then tried to ‘advertise’ her number, before she assured that she was joking. On a more serious note, she declared that she would love to get back in a NASCAR car one more time because it was fun.

What is the former NASCAR Xfinity driver up to now?

Legge is currently teaming up with Christina Nielsen in the Team Hardpoint EBM outfit. Together with Earl Bamber and Rob Ferriol, they are competing in the GT Daytona (GD) class.

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It is worth mentioning that the ex-NASCAR Xfinity driver has notched up a few WeatherTech SportsCar Championship wins under her belt. In fact, she and the Michael Shank Racing team managed to finish second in the 2018 season.

Prior to this, she was supposed to compete in the 2020 European LeMans Series with Richard Mille Racing. Sadly, she had her accident and broke her left leg. As a result, Beitske Visser took her place for the rest of the season.

Now, a fully recovered Legge will be looking forward to the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Admittedly, a NASCAR Xfinity seat is a little farfetched at the moment. However, the future is a slight possibility for the 40-year-old.

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