Aug 31 2009

A Note from a Racing Legend: Janet Guthrie

Just received this email from pioneering racing legend Janet Guthrie:

Just a note to say how much I've enjoyed following your historical trails---

Best regards,

Janet Guthrie

As described in her website, "Janet Guthrie is the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 (1977) and the Daytona 500 (1977), where she was Top Rookie. Her ninth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 (1978), with a team she formed and managed herself, was the best by a woman until 2005. She set fastest time of day at Indianapolis on May 7 and May 22, 1977. In her brief career at the top levels of racing, she earned top-ten starting positions and posted top-ten finishes in both Indy-car Championship racing and in NASCAR Cup racing. Her fifth-place Indy-car finish at Milwaukee in 1979 was the best by a woman for 21 years. Her sixth-place NASCAR Cup finish at Bristol in 1977 remains the best by a woman in NASCAR’s superspeedway era. She is the only woman to lead a Cup race. She was Top Rookie in five NASCAR Cup races".


Sep 07 2009 Mark Dill 12:14 PM

That’s an outstanding testimonial, Howard. Congratulations.

Sep 07 2009 Huntley Perry 4:48 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting her at an SAE Washington, D.C. Section meeting many years ago. Wondered what ever happened to her.

Leave a Comment