Wonder whether it is a good idea for an average driver to sue an owner over a contract disagreement? That is what is playing out at the moment between Katherine Legge, her lawyers and Jay Penske. This escalated when Dragon Racing terminated Legge without a stated reason on January 18th then hired Sebastian Saavedra to take over the #6 TrueCar entry.
It does seem odd that TrueCar came with Legge as the poster girl for female drivers in a variety of motorsports disciplines. Roger Penske must have eaten some really spicy Mexican food and consumed a few too many margaritas the night Jay was conceived, because although Jay is his direct descendant he has a wild, renegade streak that is uncharacteristic of his father. Jay is very successful in business in his own right and has shown some good things in building his racing team. There have been ups and downs, like two years ago whenever anyone climbed into the cars they found the wall shortly after. That said, Roger is approaching 80 and will not be around forever, and keeping a Penske with the Roger mindset involved in the sport for the next few decades seems imperative. Jay may not be that, but Tim Cindric seems well suited.
Legge even cites the 2012 Nantucket episode in which Jay and his brother were accused of the assault of a couple of meddling ladies who decided to stop and ask them why they were peeing outside in public. As every man knows when you have to go you have to go and it is difficult if not impossible to stop a strong stream mid-pee (particularly after hammering adult beverages for a period of time), and of course when he turned to answer some of the pee splashed her shoes. Guilt or presumed innocence aside, Legge says that set her back in the search for sponsorship with a female slant.
My concern is not that she has a point, but how is going public going to help? She will never be the next Danica, and Saavedra may actually be an upgrade from a ride buying standpoint. In other words it will be hard enough for her to find a ride even with sponsorship and enthusiasm. And who would hire her if she is litigious? There are less than 25 regular seats in IndyCar. Is she one of the top 25? And although there are ride buyers in IndyCar, is she better than any of them?
It is impossible to determine at this point what might happen with the sponsorship. If TrueCar’s focus is women then Sebastian probably ought to attempt growing a vagina. Or, perhaps he could switch numbers with his new teammate who, for all we know, may already have one. If not, it appears lawyers will have to figure it out.