Champ Car: Legge looks forward to European homecoming

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarWednesday, August 22nd, 2007

 
 

Katherine Legge is hoping to put recent problems behind her when the Champ Car series comes to Europe for the first time since 2003.

The Dale Coyne driver has recently escaped unharmed from a potentially fatal accident for the second year running at Road America after her car caught fire during refuelling.

And she had to retire after hitting the wall early in the San Jose race when a tyre failed after it had been cut by an impact with fellow Brit and Minardi USA driver Dan Clarke.

Legge sees the European races as a welcome chance to give her season a boost.

She said: “I am looking forward to putting our past race problems behind us and focusing on these next two European races.

“From what we have seen of the tracks, they look great, and are very similar to the ones I grew up racing on. It is very important for us to have conquered the car issues we have had as both Dale Coyne Racing and I have been working so hard to solve them.

“I am looking forward to going out and making an impact in Europe. Both races are very close to my home in England which I love because I have not been home in a while and I am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family.”

The teams will be visiting Zolder for the Grand Prix of Belgium from August 24 and then moving on to Asser for the Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix of Holland from August 31.

Both races are new Champ Car events for 2007. The Zolder Circuit is a 2.622-mile permanent road course with 12 turns and potential speeds of up to 175 mph.

The 2.83-mile permanent road course at Asser has 14 demanding turns and will be familiar to motorsport fans who follow bike racing.

This circuit has been specially modernised and improved to accommodate open-wheel racing, and organisers say it will provide a testing experience for all the drivers.

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