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Legge eventually took a factory driver’s job with Audi in the European-based DTM, the world’s top touring car series where she finished 19th in points in 2008 and 18th each of the next two seasons. She spent all of last season looking for an American job, and landed nothing.

Now she’s hoping to give her own career a jump amid an almost certain second round of comparisons with Patrick.

“It’s going to happen because inevitably people want to wind up situations and rivalries,” Legge said. “But she did a great job. She was really the only woman driver that was given equipment capable of winning. I’m in no way trying to replace her. I think it’s gotten to the stage where there’s been so many girls that it’s not really that novelty any more, like it was when I was in Champ Car and she was in IndyCars.”

Like Bourdais and Legge, Penske is trying to make a comeback, too.

Dragon Racing made its debut at the 2007 Indianapolis 500, getting a fifth-place finish from Ryan Briscoe who later jumped to the team owned by Penske’s father, Roger.

Jay Penske’s team ran six races in 2008, then went full-time in 2009 and 2010 before funding problems forced the team to cut back to a six-race schedule last year. Now he has two high-profile drivers to give his team a boost.

“The combination of having the technical support of Lotus as a factory team, the financial backing of a game-changing company TrueCar as a primary sponsor and the unquestionable driving skills of Sebastien and Katherine makes us a force to be reckoned with in 2012,” Penske said in a statement.