Legend Driver Cassie Gannis Wins Rookie of the Year!

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I want to continue to tell you about my journey in racing.  From the Bandolero’s I moved to the Legend Cars.  Like the Bandos, Legends were created as an inexpensive way to get into racing.  Since 1992 the US Legend International, Inc has become one the fastest growing series in motor-sports.

At age 13, Cassie Gannis races cars in two different divisions. Gannis gets behind the wheel to take a spin around the block.
CRAIG MACNAUGHTON /AFN / /CHANDLER CONNECTION/

 

There are four divisions:

  • Pro Division is for experienced drivers.
  • Masters Division features drivers 40 years and older.
  • Semi-Pro Division is the novice class, for drivers new drivers or drivers who have been inactive for a while.
  • Young Lions Division are drivers between the ages of 12 and 16.
At age 13, Cassie Gannis races cars in two different divisions, (and doesn’t even have her drivers license yet).
CRAIG MACNAUGHTON /AFN / /CHANDLER CONNECTION/

 

Their mission statement is: “Legends Cars are created by US Legend Cars International, Inc. and sanctioned by INEX, Corp. to provide a fun and affordable racing opportunity in which anyone (experienced and inexperienced) can compete. This series is an attempt to fight the high costs involved in racing and the rules will be strictly enforced to ensure safety and cost control.”  Also like the bandos, INEX is the international sanctioning body of the Legends.

#11 Legend racecar

 

I was 14 when I began racing Legends.  All I can say is THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN TO DRIVE!  I loved driving my legend and still love watching them race today!  My very first Legend racing car was painted this ugly yellow but I called it my Steeler car. Later we switched the color to black. I have numerous hours in the legend seat at Tucson Speedway, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Orange Show in California.  In 2005 I won Rookie of the Year and finished 3rd in points. I raced these fun cars for 3 years.

 

Here are the stats for the Legend provided by USLDI: https://www.uslegendcars.com

WHEELBASE 73.00″
OVERALL WIDTH 60.00″
OVERALL LENGTH 10′ 6″
HEIGHT 46″
ENGINE Yamaha 1250cc (sealed)
HORSEPOWER 132 HP
WEIGHT 1300 lbs. with driver
TIRES 205/13R60 Federal Tires 595
WHEELS Width: 7″ / Diameter: 13″
SUSPENSION Coil Over with Bilstein Shocks
FRAME Full Tubeframe with Integral Rollcage
HARNESS G-Force Five-Point

 

The sealed engines are built by G.E. Chapman to ensure the integrity of the field. His shop is the only authorized shop to build these sealed engines.  The decision to bring the engines inside and to make them sealed was not only to keep costs down but to guarantee the best engine available.  The average cost of an engine is $2800 with running around $1800.

At age 13, Cassie Gannis races cars in two different divisions. Gannis gets behind the wheel to take a spin around the block, (also pictured is her father… John). CRAIG MACNAUGHTON /AFN / /CHANDLER CONNECTION/

 

If I had the chance to jump in a Legend racing seat again, I would do it in a heartbeat!  If you are looking to get into racing, this is a great series to get started in.  Have you ever seen the Legend car race? Let me know what you think. Be sure to send me your Legend racing photos.

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