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UPDATE: Katherine Legge locked in place107th Annual Indianapolis 500In qualifying last weekend, the average speed over four laps was 231.070. He will return to the Brickyard this Sunday for the Legends game (NBC began reportingI hit11:00 a.m. m. ET, with a special pregame show starting at 9:00 a.m. m. ET exclusively on Peacock).

British Pro Racer before qualifying for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500catalina lawHis goal was his third participation in the iconic American race. If you qualify for one of the coveted 33 boards (34 teams are trying to qualify), Legge will also be the first woman to do so sincesimone de silvestroIn 2021, he will perform at Indy for the sixth time.

The 42-year-old Briton made headlines in February.When Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced thatDriving fleet number 44 Dallara-HondaFor this race, it marked Legge's first Indy race since 2013. Last year's Indy 500 was absent for the second time in three years. The 2020 competition is the first since 1999 without at least one female competitor.

Legge's team recently finished fourth in the Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona in January, and he was one of theThe nine women who competed in the Indy 500, which will air on NBC on May 28. He currently drives an Acura NSX GT3 full-time in Gradient Racing, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTD class of racing. His resume includes experience in Formula 3, Formula Renault, Formula 1, ChampCar, IndyCar, A1 Grand Prix, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), Formula E and sports car racing. In his previous two Indy 500s, Legg finished 22nd in 2012 (starting at 30) and 26th in 2013 (starting at 33).

During this weekend's heats, sit down with Legge on his turf to discuss his decision to compete in this year's Indy 500, his preparations and what he hopes to accomplish in his third appearance at The Brickyard.

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These questions and answers have been summarized and lightly edited for clarity.

On your turf: Let's start by talking about your decision to compete in the Indy 500 for the first time in 10 years. Can you talk about your decision and why?

Catalina Add:I honestly think it was a relatively easy decision because I've been trying to race Indy again for the last 10 years with a good car, a good team and a chance to win. I did it twice, like you said, the last time was ten years ago and the first time was a year ago. The first time I did it it wasn't great, but the second year I had a great car and a great opportunity. I want to reproduce it and have another really good chance to go out there and have a chance to win the game.

OHT: You said your first appearance at Indy wasn't a great experience. Do you have anything else to share?

ley:It was a disaster. This is my first year in IndyCar after coming back to Europe and racing for a while. The team uses a Lotus engine, which is significantly less powerful than the Honda and Chevrolet. So when we started practicing... they just circled us every 10 laps, so it wasn't worth it. They tried to get another engine manufacturer to back us up, but we ended up losing all the tests. The second year was great, but I didn't have the exam. ...It was a great car, we qualified, we put it in the field and I've been chasing it ever since, whatever.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing gave me a lot of opportunities to test this year. Honestly, I don't think I've been fully prepared for anything in my life. So it's a very nice feeling because it gives you a certain level of confidence and peace.

OHT: Why was Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing the right choice this year?

ley:I used to race in teams. As for comfort, I've known these guys for a long time. I won the game with them. I think they know what I'm capable of, it's not a trick. I think I got and will get the best team. And it's not like they're racing another car just to do it or for a stunt or anything. As if they reasonably believed me. I trust them. We can win together.

To be honest, in motorsport, the teams are very supportive of each other, which is very unique. There is a real team atmosphere, no infighting, no politics. It's just a supportive atmosphere and unfortunately it's not something you find every day in a game. I've had some less than ideal scenarios in the past, but also some very good ones. So, you know, you know it when you see it, I'm just trying to capitalize on it.

OHT: How was your training? Can you share some details?

ley:I really had to step up my strength training, but I'm still doing a lot of what I've been doing for the last 10 years. Most days, I still run five miles a day. But I did add weight training, upper body and core, and try to lose weight, because the lighter you are on those cars, the better. Spiritually, I have a spiritual coach that I've worked with on and off for years, but I think wisdom comes with age and experience, and I think they know each other much better. I think I'm actually in a better place mentally, a safer place than when I was trying to be a runner. I think my relative success over the years and everything helped with that, so it was easy to start.

OHT: It's still an anomaly when it comes to female runners and women in the Indy 500. It's been 10 years since you last raced at Indy and still only nine women have raced there. Why do you think this is happening?

ley:This is total garbage. Actually, I don't think that's a reflection of what's happened in the last decade. I think if you look at it, from when I started almost 20 years ago to now, there's been a snowball effect and the number of women involved has grown exponentially. ...There are more women involved in racing. I think a lot of TV documentaries, like "Drive to Survive" [from Netflix], probably make it more humane and interesting for a lot of people. But I think there are more girls racing karts and more women trying to move up the ranks.

I think it's going to happen, but not in a straight line uphill. It's like overcoming one obstacle, finding another, and moving on. And since it's not a gimmick anymore, the spotlight isn't necessarily on you, which means it's hard to find sponsors etc. I think right now it depends a lot on the individual, not just the fact that you're a girl and you're competing. It depends on whether you really know how to drive and not just show up. So in a way, that's a good thing and a bad thing.

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OHT: Do you think female runners still have to be as good or better than men to get this kind of recognition?

ley:Yes and no. I think it's difficult because the norm is not to believe that they can do it until proven otherwise. And with the addition of young male drivers, they seem more open. I will say that I don't think (women) have to be "superior", I think they are judged on more grounds. For example, I don't think men should worry about their appearance like we do. I think it's a different standard, especially since you're much more in the spotlight on yourself. But I think women are definitely more open-minded than they can.

OHT: Let's fast forward. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood and how you fell in love with racing?

ley:He didn't start out for the love of racing. I was a kid and an adrenaline junkie, I was very close to my father. I'm still alone. I will follow him, he is building a house. So I'd be on a construction site with a hammer and nails and everything. In fact, I wanted to go go-karting while we were on vacation. He scolded and scolded and finally let me go. But I don't like cars or anything like that. It's a game.

I think it's mostly a competition with yourself because you're always striving for perfection. And because there are so many variables that change, you'll never be able to figure it out. You are always learning. So you're mentally fighting yourself, but you're also fighting other people along the way. And it's fast. It's really fun. So I think there are many reasons why I fell in love with the racing itself. And I think once it's in the bloodstream, it's very difficult for it not to get into the bloodstream. Like I couldn't imagine not competing in any way, shape or form. Obviously, one day I will stop competing, but I still think that I will because I love the sport. I just have a real passion for it.

OHT: What has success in the Indy 500 been like for you this year? What do you hope to achieve?

ley:I think there are many things I want to achieve. I want to do what I can and what the car can do. I don't want to leave anything on the desk. I don't want to make mistakes. I want to learn as much as possible. I want to enjoy it as much as possible and make the most of it. If it's enough to win, I want to win.

We work hard together on different things: cars, simulators, fitness. I figured if I could remember all the necessary information and know about the traffic and the tools in the car and everything, which I hope I can do relatively quickly, then it would all be programmed into my subconscious mind. Because if you are thinking consciously, you are going too slowly. You have to have it, like, almost in your bones. And then what happens if we make the right decisions on the strategy, if we make the right decisions on the car setup, if I make the right decisions on the track?

OHT: When you think about game day, what do you look forward to the most? What is it like to be on that grid when it all starts on race day? Are there others like this?

ley:This is a madhouse. It's the biggest sporting event in the world in terms of attendance, and I've never allowed myself to enjoy it because you put on blinders. You don't want to give anything away because you have a lot on your mind and you're stressed. It has its own personality, the 500, and I intend to enjoy it even more this year. I think I might be in a place now where I can have more fun while still doing all the other stuff.

But honestly, when it's packed inside, the whole place is totally different, you come into turn 1 with 33 cars, and these cars push the air so hard that they crash side to side, you don't know which way is up and which way is down. And you can't really tell, you just do what the observer tells you, which is a completely different place. You can't describe the emotions it evokes unless you have. It could be the most beautiful experience on this planet.

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