Katherine Legge is planning legal action over her termination from Dragon Racing on Wednesday, one day after the team announced it signed Sebastian Saavedra to drive the No. 6 car this season.
Legge started last season driving the car, then shared it with Dragon team-mate Sebastien Bourdais after an engine manufacturer switch forced the team to run only one car. Legge said in a statement she had a two-year contract with Dragon, which stole sponsor TrueCar for Saavedra.
“I am extremely disappointed that Dragon Racing and sponsor TrueCar have announced a replacement IndyCar driver for 6 car. I received a letter from Dragon Racing, terminating my services on January the 18th. My legal team had asked for details regarding the reasoning for this termination but none have been provided,” Legge said in a statement cited by Speed TV.
“I firmly believe that Dragon Racing and TrueCar cannot proceed without me and I will be taking legal action to protect my rights,” Legge added. The TrueCar sponsorship allowed Legge to return to IndyCar last season after racing in the European DTM series. She said she brought the sponsorship to Dragon because team owner Jay Penske, son of Roger Penske, promised additional sponsorship from Penske Dealerships.
Legge drove 10 of the 15 races last year and had a season-best finish of ninth in the finale at Fontana. She was 22nd at Indy.