Last year's Formula Atlantic sensation Katherine Legge became the first woman to ever compete full-time in the Champ Car World Series with Tuesday night's announcement that she will take over one of the seats at PKV Racing.
After completing the 2005 season, Legge tested in A1GP, Formula 1 and Champ Car before landing the  full-time ride with the team co-owned by Kevin Kalkhoven and Champ Car legend Jimmy Vasser.

A woman hasn't competed in Champ Car since Lyn St. James raced at Michigan in 1995. No woman before Legge has ever raced a full season.

So, the two American open-wheel series continue to lead parallel lives - Indy Car with Danica Patrick, and Champ Car with Katherine Legge. Both are Atlantic alumni, although only Legge was a race winner in the Atlantic series (three times in 2005). Legge has the good fortune to enter her rookie year racing for a top-flight team, with Jimmy Vasser as her coach.

It looks like RACER magazine's "Most Promising Road Racer of 2005" is primed for a big step forward in 2006.

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