Performance Profile: Katherine Legge
Katherine Legge is a multi-series racing driver who is having another incredible year with her new team Micheal Shank Racing in 2017. Born in England, she competed successfully in various series in Europe such as British Formula 3, British Formula Renault 2000 and DTM. Now a resident of the US, Katherine continues to make her mark and is quite at home on the winner’s podium.
Kat took a few minutes out of her blistering schedule to share her thoughts with the Q Crew.
QCrew: First of all, congratulations on your win at Watkins Glen. Two in a row! That must feel fantastic!
Legge: Thank you. Both our wins were very special… Detroit was a monkey off our backs and Watkins Glen was one of the best races on the schedule as well as Andy’s home track, so that felt really good too! Both can be attributed to how far the team have come and their fantastic strategy and pit stops.
QCrew: You’re driving the new Acura NSX GT3 with Michael Shank Racing in 2017. Did you have to make big adjustments in driving style with the new car vs the Panoz Delta Wing?
Legge: I did have to make some big adjustments in my driving technique! While I have driven many types of cars, from Indycar to DTM, a GT3 car is a completely different animal. This is my first time with ABS, too. Luckily, I have three fantastic team mates who have helped enormously.
QCrew: You pull some long stints behind the wheel in these races. That must be pretty tiring! What is your physical training workout to prepare for racing?
Legge: Last October I did a half Ironman for fun! Seriously we try to mix it up between cardio and strength training, but mostly running, biking and cross training keep us fit, strong and concentrated.
QCrew: Yeah, a half ironman for fun. Right. In addition to natural talent and skill well-honed by practice and experience, it must take an iron stomach to survive those long sessions behind the wheel in an endurance race. Do the cornering forces ever make you just a little seasick?
Legge: (Laughs) Its really funny as I am usually super motion sick! But never in a race car. Not yet anyway!
QCrew: Thank you so much for taking a little time-out with us. We’ll be watching and rooting you on at Lime Rock!
Note: we first talked with Kat after her win at Watkins Glen on July 2. Since then she has continued the streak with a second place finish in Ontario to earn her third consecutive podium finish this year. Legge, Lally, and the Michael Shanks Acura NSX GT3 team will race at Lime Rock July 21-22.
Photographs by Brian Cleary http://BCPix.com , and the QCrew
Thanks to Michael Shank Racing http://www.michaelshankracing.com