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Katherine Legge: 'Never Give Up' On Your Dreams

Tue, March 27, 2012 1:33pm EDT by 3 Comments

Katherine, who will be racing in the Indianapolis 500, is a great role model for all young women! Read on to learn how she got her start as a racer and for her amazing advice on succeeding in a male-dominated field!

Katherine Legge has been preparing for months to get back behind the wheel, and even though she’s a pro at it — she raced in the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 2005 and the Champ Car World Series in 2006 — just to name a few, she admits she still gets nervous every time.

“Every time. Every race. I think it comes more from just wanting to do well, and to do everything well and not make a mistake,” Katherine tells

The 31-year-old first discovered her love affair with cars starting at the young age of nine and hasn’t stopped since.

“I started racing after having fun in a go-kart on vacation, when we got home my father and I went along to our local go- karting venue and he started racing first. I loved it and also wanted to race so my father brought me a go-kart and I raced throughout the UK for 10 plus years. Every weekend! I won many championships and eventually a scholarship to race in a formula car which is how I transitioned to car racing,” Katherine tells us.

Throughout Katherine’s 20-year career she’s accomplished several “firsts.” She was the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America, the first woman to compete full time in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and the first woman to earn the British Racing Drivers’ Club “Rising Star” award. The self-described adrenaline junkie says the key to success is staying focused when trying to make it in car racing or similar male-dominated fields.

“One-hundred and ten percent focus and commitment on the goal,” Katherine says. “And never give up.”

While Katherine, the Guilford-Surrey native, never lets the gender disparity bring her down, she would like to see more women up for the challenge.

“I wish there were more women in every aspect of racing though,” she tells us.

We totally love her confidence, commitment and courage. Katherine is training to race for Dragon Racing in the Indy 500 race on May 27 and we wish her the best of luck.

— Nicole Karlis