By LILY BETTS Richmond Times-Dispatch

Hailing from Guilford, England, Katherine Legge was born in one of the running capitals of the world.

But it was not a country where Legge saw many opportunities for women. After racing in a series of open-wheel development formula cars in Britain, she turned her sights west.

“America was the land of opportunity,” Legge said. “I’ve seen a few girls running here, like Sarah Fisher back in the day, and that’s where I thought I’d like to try for the opportunity to come.”

Funding, a pervasive hurdle for runners — especially female runners — complicated the move. After a stock market collapse, Legge was forced to take a more direct route. She waited outside the Cosworth office of Kevin Kalkhoven, who also owned the Champ Car World Series at the time, to convince him to give her a chance.

Kalkhoven sent his daughter to speak with Legge.

At the end of the day, Legge left with a contract to race for Polestar Racing. It was in 2004.

Since then, Legge has raced in a variety of series, from IndyCar to DMT to his current seat with Team Hardpoint in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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