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08/09 2018

Sports-Car Ace Katherine Legge Makes Her NASCAR Debut Later This Month BY: Alanis King

Katherine Legge at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2016.Image: John Raoux (AP)

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racer Katherine Legge, who’s currently second in the series’ GT Daytona class standings with four events left in the season, is heading to the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the first time later this year—at a road course, naturally.

The JD Motorsports team announced this week that Legge, 38, will race in two Xfinity events this year, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend and at Road America in Wisconsin later this month. She’ll be in the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro, and said in the team announcement that it would be a “massive understatement” to say she’s looking forward to it.

From the announcement:

“Racing a stock car will be a massive adjustment for me from the types of cars I usually race, even on road courses, but I’m eager to take on the challenge. Thanks to Johnny Davis, Gary Keller, and everyone at JD Motorsports for all their hard work to make this happen.”

Driving the #86 MSR Acura in IMSA endurance road races, Legge has scored one victory and three additional podium finishes in seven races this season, and is currently ranked second in the GTD Drivers’ Championship. In 2017, the first year for the Acura program, Legge and co-driver Andy Lally scored the first two victories worldwide for the new NSX GT3, at Detroit and Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Owner of JD Motorsports, Johnny Davis said “I am very excited to work with this young lady. She has a very impressive background and we are glad to assist in her growth over to NASCAR and introduce her to the stock car racing world.”

But sports cars and stock cars aren’t the only thing Legge, who used to focus on open-wheel racing, has on her schedule right now. She was also just picked to compete in the new Jaguar I-Pace championship that’ll be a support series for Formula E.