Katherine Legge and Quicksilver in the xfinity Johnsonville 180
It was only her second appearance in a NASCAR event, and Katherine Legge is already a force to be reckoned with. After a disappointing DNF at Mid-Ohio with an engine-related failure, her JD Motorsports Camaro was refitted for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; the track QCREW calls home!
Katherine was briefly profiled here on GoQCrew.com, but it is not all that hard to learn her story. She’s a well-known and highly regarded competitor. Your search engine will quickly fill up with plenty of information on her competitive career and you can visit her recently launched official web site here. or on follow on Facebook or Instagram.
Friday’s runs in the refreshed car were thrilling and everyone was excited at the weekend’s prospects after the first few laps. As a long-time sports car and open-wheel racer with lots of experience at Road America, Katherine still took her time getting used to the sensation of hustling the Camaro around the circuit. Just three weeks earlier she was driving the Meyer Shank Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where she is second in the 2018 driver’s points race. One can only imagine that the braking points must be just a little different in the NASCAR Camaro! Practice was cut a little short by a racing incident that required retirement for the day for repairs.
Race day on Saturday was spectacular. The car was back together, but still required a little extra care during qualifying. Katherine missed Q2 and Q3, but was feeling more confident with the repaired car’s slightly different feel.
The Johnsonville 180 started with all the thunder and rattle one would expect from 40 NASCAR V8s opening up under the green flag. Katherine showed her unique talent and skills almost immediately. If you follow racing at all, you know about the legendary Turn 5 at Road America. The hard left-hander after the long fast downhill run of the Moraine Sweep is as challenging as you will find anywhere. It was here that Legge’s racing chops raised goosebumps as we watched her passing two and three cars at a time as she took the inside line at Turn 5. Yes, she was passing on the inside of Turn 5!
Starting 26 of 40, Katherine climbed to P3 for a few laps and was running in P4 when a bump from behind forced a spin that sent her back to P21 in the field. Before the end of the race she had climbed back up to P14. OK, THAT’s an impressive second outing!
Images courtesy of Nigel Kincaid Photography and Quicksilver Powersports