JANET GUTHRIE / by Molly Schiot

A former aerospace engineer, Guthrie quit her job to begin race car driving full time. In 1977, at the age of 39, Guthrie became the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. Her sixth place finish at the Daytona 500 is tied with Danica Patrick for best finish by a woman in a NASCAR race. One of the first female athletes to be inducted to the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, Guthrie's helmet and race uniform live in the Smithsonian Institution. 

A former aerospace engineer, Guthrie quit her job to begin race car driving full time. In 1977, at the age of 39, Guthrie became the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. Her sixth place finish at the Daytona 500 is tied with Danica Patrick for best finish by a woman in a NASCAR race. One of the first female athletes to be inducted to the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, Guthrie's helmet and race uniform live in the Smithsonian Institution.