Imsa driver Katherine Legge could be line to return to the Indianapolis 500 later this month after revealing she has opened talks with team owner Dale Coyne about filling in for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi.
Legge who finished second in Sunday’s Imsa race at Mid-Ohio said that she would jump at the opportunity to competw in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil later this month as open wheel racing is still on her radar.
Legge confirmed that her people have spoken to Coyne who is looking for funding for the seat for her.
The English woman drives for Michael Shank Racing in an Acura and Michael Shank has expanded into the Verizon IndyCar Series with the help of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and team Co owner James Meyer who are looking to join the Verizon IndyCar Series full time in 2019.
If the deal with Coyne were to come together for Legge it could prove to be an opening for a return to the Verizon IndyCar Series for her in 2019.
Legge drove for Coyne for a season on Champ Car before theymergered with IndyCar, her last outing in the Verizon IndyCar Series was ironically with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Legge understands that there are other drivers on the short list to fill in for Fittipaldi but she believes that with her commercial partners she can make it happen.
Legge attempted to return to IndyCar for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 2016 with Grace Autosport however they were unable to get the deal in place on time.
Legge believes that she would be able to make it onto the grid for the 500 given the calibre of Coyne’s operation with the addition of Craig Hampson and Michael Cannon.
If Legge is successful she would not just be competing in the 500 but she would also be interested in racing at Texas Motor Speedway.
Coyne will run four cars for the102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor wwith Sebastien Bourdais joined by regular Pippa Mann and Conor Day returning to the team who gave him his full-time debut in the series in 2016.