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Katherine Legge breaks leg, wrist during testing crash in France

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LE CASTELLET, France — Race driver Katherine Legge injured her leg and wrist after crashing in testing for the European Le Mans Series, organizers said Wednesday.

Legge’s Oreca-Gibson car went off the Circuit Paul Ricard at the high-speed Signes corner, a right-hander at the end of a long straight, and hit the guard rail.

The ELMS said in a statement that Legge was extracted from the car and was “conscious the whole time” but broke her lower left leg and right wrist. After being injured, Katherine Legge was treated at the circuit medical center and then flown by helicopter to a hospital in the city of Toulon.

The British driver is part of an all-female team at Richard Mille Racing in the LMP2 category for the 2020 season of the ELMS, which was delayed amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Teams are testing ahead of the first race of the season at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Sunday.

Legge raced in the Champ Car Series full time from 2006-07. She has 11 starts in IndyCar (including the Indianapolis 500 in 2012 and 2013) with a best finish of ninth at Fontana.

Legge also is a veteran of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with seven starts in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

She also made four Xfinity Series starts in 2018 at Mid-Ohio, the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Richmond Raceway and Road America (where she finished a NASCAR career-best 14th).

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.