Katherine Legge is making a strong push to replace the injured Pietro Fittipaldi in the Dale Coyne Racing’s #19 car for the Indy 500. After Pietro’s wreck at the 6 Hours of Spa this past weekend there was a Walking Dead like feeding frenzy as drivers clamored to get in the #19. The thing is, Katherine isn’t the best option for the ride.
Last season DCR was on pace for provisional pole with Bourdais before his wreck. In the race, James Davison took the #18 with the wrong rear wing to the lead before ultimately getting caught up in a wreck. Then driver of the #19, Ed Jones finished third and had a shot at the win if he didn’t have front wing damage. DCR cars at Indy are FAST, but Katherine Legge isn’t the answer.
Legge has two previous starts in the Indy 500, the last coming in 2013. She has finishes of 22nd and 23rd, not great, not the worst, just barely below average. She has certainly become a better driver with age and can still wheel a GT car in IMSA better than damn near anyone else in the series. A second place finish at Mid-Ohio last week further cements that statement. However, she hasn’t been in an IndyCar since 2013. But what about Danica? Shut up, you know the answer to that already.
If Legge does get the ride though she will be teammates with Pippa Mann which would be the first time a team has fielded female teammates. Dale Coyne, progressive.
Tristian Vautier: The Frenchman jumped in Bourdais car last season at Texas and stormed right to the front. An accident took him out of contention but he has speed. His last Indy 500 start came in 2015. Vautier seems like a logical choice, his other commitments may derail this, however.
Sebastian Saavedra: Yep the good hair Colombian is still out there pounding the pavement. Saavedra wanted to be in the field for the 500 this year but never got a deal together. He has backing, Dale Coyne loves a driver with backing, it could be a match made in small team from Illinois heaven.
Mikhail Aleshin: The fast Russian who should have won at Pocono in 2016 reportedly shopped a deal to teams for the 500 this year. RACER said that he obviously didn’t get a deal together but it’s been a big few years for Russian’s in the United States.
Juan Pablo Montoya: Hahahahaha Roger will never let this happen because he hates fun and is scared Juan might beat one of his four horsemen.
Zachary Claman DeMelo: DCR’s #19 road course ace might be able to step in for Indy but there are questions if he wants that having never turned a lap on an oval.
NAMES THAT SHOULDN’T BE MENTIONED
- Matt Brabham, lol.
- Jack Hawksworth, never got a great shot at IndyCar but his time has passed.
- Tagliani, WHY?!
- Literally anyone else that pops in your head.
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