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Girl Scout On Track

Jun 29, 2012

Only nine women have ever qualified for the Indy 500, and Katherine Legge is one of them. The former Girl Guide from the United Kingdom made the rounds at the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month. And as a special shout-out to her roots, she wore the Girl Scouts trefoil logo on her helmet.

“Without a strong belief in myself, I would not be one of the few women to compete at the highest level in the male-dominated world of motorsports,” Legge says. “Carrying Girl Scouts’ logo on my helmet reminds me of what got me here. When I was a young girl, Girl Guides inspired me to believe that if I set my mind to it, nothing could prevent me from achieving my dreams.”

Legge heads up the TrueCar Racing Team, the only all-female race crew in the male-dominated sport. The 31-year-old from Guildford, England, is the first woman to ever win a major open-wheel race in North America. She was recently named Girl Scouts’ inaugural STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Ambassador, and says that wearing the logo is another way to call attention to the Girl Scouts’ ToGetHerThere cause campaign.

“We’re thrilled Katherine will carry Girl Scouts’ logo with her during her first Indianapolis 500 race because it draws much needed attention to the cause of girls’ leadership,” Girl Scouts National Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez (pictured above right with Legge) said before the event. “It also shows girls that if you have a dream, and if you believe in yourself and work hard to accomplish that dream, you can do anything.”