Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ragan Lands on Front Row

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ragan Lands on Front Row

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David Ragan finally found a job for the 2012 season -- driving for Front Row Motorsports.

Ragan will drive the No. 34 Ford and team with David Gilliland, who will drive the No. 38 Ford. The team said Monday that sponsorship for both cars is still to be completed.

"We took some pretty big steps in our race program last year and adding David Ragan is another giant step in the right direction," team owner Bob Jenkins said.

Ragan was let go from Roush Fenway Racing when sponsorship from UPS was reduced and the organization scaled back to three full-time cars.

Ragan drove five full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush, but scored the only win of his career in July at Daytona International Speedway. He finished a career-best 13th in the standings in '08 but never improved. Over the past three seasons, Ragan combined for just 13 top-10 finishes. Still, he was one of the top available free agents the past two months. He failed, though, to land rides with Penske Racing or Richard Petty Motorsports that opened during the offseason.

With Front Row, he's got a guaranteed spot in the season-opening Daytona 500 Feb. 26. Ragan finished 14th in the race last year, but had a shot at winning it late before a NASCAR penalty took him out of contention. He redeemed himself with his win at Daytona in July.

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Legge won three races in Toyota Atlantics in '05, becoming the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America. She also was the first woman to compete in the defunct Champ Car World Series and spent the past three seasons as a factory driver for Audi in the European-based DTM, the world's top touring car series. But Legge said she always wanted to compete in the Indianapolis 500, and now she will have a chance. …

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