Legge on IndyCar return: “Deer in headlights”, then “snug” - Motor Informed

Legge on IndyCar return: “Deer in headlights”, then “snug”

Following final weekend’s second spherical of the 2023 IndyCar Sequence at TMS, the Honda-powered group co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan stayed on to offer Legge her speedway refresher check. RLL is coming into a fourth automotive for her at subsequent month’s 107th working of the Indianapolis 500, 10 years after her final IndyCar race, the 2013 Indy 500 wherein she drove for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (now Arrow McLaren).

Legge mentioned that in preparation for the check she had been engaged on “higher physique power, core power and neck power,” in addition to studying all of the cockpit buttons “that are completely totally different” from when she final raced. She additionally spent a day within the simulator, half for Texas, half on Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Relating to the mandated refresher check, Legge acknowledged: “It was actually good to do this with out too many different vehicles on monitor. There was solely the opposite group automotive on monitor [driven by Indy Lights champion Linus Lundqvist].

Katherine Legge, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Katherine Legge, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

“It was good to be taught the construction of the group, how the group works on a race weekend, get to know my team-mates and combine myself somewhat. Simply from a studying perspective, to see how issues progress all through a race offers you an oversight and a much bigger stage of consolation going into my very own race at Indy. I believe the check was nice for thus many various causes.

“For me personally, it was actually good to get again within the automotive and shake off the cobwebs, achieve confidence and be taught all of the procedural issues like pitstops and buttons. And to get again in throughout a low-pressure, low-stress surroundings.

“It was actually necessary for me to construct a powerful basis for this yr’s Indy 500, which suggests doing each step of the way in which progressively, professionally and constructing it block by block. So I approached it methodically. I wasn’t out to show myself within the first couple of runs, nevertheless it got here again in a short time, which additionally builds confidence. I felt very snug within the automotive after a few runs, so I believe that’s a testomony to the group and the way they carried out as properly.

“My first thought once I left pitlane was ‘Wow, I don’t bear in mind it being this quick!’ I used to be in awe of how unbelievable it was and what a sense it’s. It didn’t maintain although, as you get snug comparatively rapidly. However even on the final runs of the day, you continue to have a wholesome respect for how briskly Texas actually is and also you’re nonetheless in awe of the pace at which these vehicles can run. However you’re feeling somewhat extra relaxed at figuring out you have got the aptitude of doing it. At the start it’s very very similar to being a deer in headlights, nevertheless it quickly comes again.

“I believe the check went rather well. I believe the group are comfortable and that we made some strides ahead with each myself and in addition the automotive.  Hopefully we are able to take a few of that and it’ll translate on the Indy open check [April 20-21].

“We’re additionally on the simulator earlier than the check so there may be but extra time to organize. There can be extra debriefs, conferences and pre-event stories. After which we’ll get again on monitor for 2 days to proceed to be taught earlier than opening day for the Indy 500.  I’m trying ahead to each little bit of it.”

Katherine Legge, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Katherine Legge, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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