Cheers came from the Dragon Racing pit after rookie, Katherine Legge, was able to complete her first laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on day 6 of practice. Until Thursday morning, teammates Sebastian Bourdais and Legge, had not turned a lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because their rides were parked with out an engine.
"When we finally rolled some laps I was on the radio going 'Thanks guys this is awesome,'" said rookie, Katherine Legge. "Until you've driven Indy, you don't really know what it's like. There's absolutely nothing like it."
Lotus engines had powered the Dragon Racing cars since the beginning of the season, but Penske said the agreement was terminated in late April. The team was set to go to court but dropped their $4.6 million dollar lawsuit against Lotus in exchange for getting out of their contract with the struggling engine manufacturer. Team owner Jay Penske says Dragon Racing came to an agreement with Chevrolet late Wednesday to obtain two engines.
"We signed out Lotus deal in December this year and terminated our deal at the end of April. And we've been fighting hard to get on track, there was just some final legalities that needed to be over come," said Jay Penske. As of 2 days ago we thought it was done and then early this morning we finally got the green light to install the engines and proceed. Chevrolet has been a big supporter, as soon as we engaged with them they tried to make this happen. They wanted to make sure we were clear of our agreements with Lotus."
Bourdais and Legge are the only drivers on the entry list for the Indianapolis 500
that have not practiced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the new chassis. With qualifying now just two days away, Legge says she already feels behind.
"I really feel like we're massively behind," said Legge. "Because not only from my stand point, but the other rookies have been out doing it all this time, but also from the car side of things."
Track officials shut down open practice for an hour on Thursday so Legge could complete phase one of Rookie Orientation Practice. However, she must pass two other phases in order to compete in the Indy 500. Bourdais only got in a few laps in Legge's car to work out any bugs. The team expects to get more time on track Friday to prepare for qualifying.