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All Ten Women Who Have Entered the Indianapolis 500
INDY 500 FEMALE RACERS
Janet Guthrie
Born 03/07/1938
American
Pippa Mann
Born 08/11/1983
British
Lyn St. James
Born 03/13/1947
American
Sarah Fisher
Born 10/04/1980
American
Milka Duno
Born 04/22/1972
Venezuelan
Danica Patrick
Born 03/25/1982
American
Simona
de Silvestro
Born 09/01/1988
Swiss
Ana Beatriz
Born 03/18/1985
Brazilian
Katherine Legge
Born 07/12/1980
British
2 Wins in 12 Hours of Sebring
1976 - First woman to race in NASCAR Cup series
1977 - Daytona 500 Top Rookie
Woman with highest finish in NASCAR Cup = 6th
(Danica later tied that record.)
1977 - First woman to race in Indy 500
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
1976 - Failed to Qualify
1977 - Finished 29th
1978 - Finished 9th
1979 - Finished 34th
1980 - Failed to Qualify
INDY 500 RECORD
2 Wins in 24 Hours of Daytona
1 Win in 12 Hours of Sebring
Raced in two 24 Hours of LeMans
First woman to go over 200 mph on a race track
First woman to win Indy 500 Rookie of the Year
1992 - Finished 11th
1993 - Finished 25th
1994 - Finished 19th
1995 - Finished 32nd
1996 - Finished 14th
1997 - Finished 13th
1998 - Failed to Qualify
1999 - Failed to Qualify
2000 - Finished 32nd
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
1999 - Youngest person to race in an IRL event
Fastest woman qualifier for Indy 500
First woman to win an IndyCar pole position
Highest IndyCar Finish = 2nd
First woman to lead laps in NASCAR West Series
Created her own IndyCar team
Started a go-kart center in Speedway IN
Is a pace car driver for IndyCar
2000 - Finished 31st
2001 - Finished 31st
2002 - Finished 24th
2003 - Finished 31st
2004 - Finished 21st
2007 - Finished 18th
2008 - Finished 30th
2009 - Finished 17th
2010 - Finished 26th
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
Desiré Wilson
Born 11/26/1953
South African
First woman to lead an F1 race
The only woman to win a Formula One race
First woman to win a FIA World Championship race
Raced in CART
Won the Monza 1000km and the Silverstone 6 Hours
1982 - Failed to Qualify
1983 - Failed to Qualify
1984 - Failed to Qualify
Highest finish for a woman in the 24 Hours of Daytona
First woman to win a Ferrari Challenge Race in the USA
First woman to score points in Nissan World Series
Has 4 wins in the American Le Mans Series
Raced in two 24 Hours of LeMans
Raced in ARCA & some NASCAR races
2007 - Finished 31st
2008 - Finished 19th
2009 - Finished 20th
2010 - Failed to Qualify
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
First woman to win a Indy Lights race
2019 - Raced  IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTD
2010 - Finished 21st
2011 - Finished 21st
2012 - Finished 23rd
2013 - Finished 15th
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
The only woman to win an IndyCar race
First woman to win pole in Toyota Atlantic series
Took 3 poles in IndyCar rookie year &
won IndyCar & Indy 500 "Rookie of the Year"
Raced in NASCAR Cup series
First woman to win a NASCAR Cup pole position
2005 - Finished 4th
2006 - Finished 8th
2007 - Finished 8th
2008 - Finished 22nd
2009 - Finished 3rd
2010 - Finished 6th
2011 - Finished 10th
2018 - Finished 30th
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DRIVER
INDY 500 RECORD
Finished 3rd in Atlantic Championship
Raced in Champ Car
Raced in WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Raced in German Touring Car Masters
2012 - Finished 22nd
2013 - Finished 33rd
Finished 3rd in Atlantic Championship
Was 2010 Indy 500 "Rookie of the Year"
First woman to score points in Formula E
Races in Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
2010 - Finished 14th
2011 - Finished 31st
2012 - Finished 32nd
2013 - Finished 17th
2015 - Finished 19th
De Silvestro missed the Sonoma IndyCar race in 2011 after being refused entry to
the United States. An agent working for US Customs became concerned over
frequent trips from country to country that de Silvestro had been taking, and when
de Silvestro tried to explain herself, the official refused to believe that a woman was
a professional race car driver!
First woman to race in Formula Renault 3.5 series
First woman to break 230 mph at IMS
2011 - Finished 20th
2013 - Finished 30th
2014 - Finished 24th
2015 - Finished 22nd
2016 - Finished 18th
2017 - Finished 17th
2018 - Failed to Qualify
2019 - Finished 16th
IndyCar drivers Milka Duno, Sarah Fisher, Lyn St. James and Danica Patrick met Billie Jean King at the 2007 Indianapolis 500.
(Billie Jean King was a top ranked tennis player in the 1960-70s and an advocate for gender equality.)
A few days after I created this web page, I visited the IMS Museum
where I saw this display set up in honor of Janet Guthrie!
This is the car Guthrie drove to 9th-place in the 1978 Indy 500.  
It is a Wildcat Chassis powered by a 161-c.i turbo 4-cyl Drake-Goosse-Sparks engine.
Guthrie had broken her wrist a few days before the race and secretly wore a cast
while effectively driving the entire distance with only one hand!