03 March 2011

Woman of the Week: Janet Guthrie

1938 - present

Ok I know that Guthrie didn't have that much influence for women in racing since there are about the same amount of women in racing now as there were in 1977 though she was racing at a time when women had to burn their bras to get some attention. 

The thing I admire most about Janet is that her racing never had anything to do with being a woman beating the boys. It was about the fact that she would rather race than be an aerospace engineer (I mean who wouldn't?) and win because she was just the better driver. 

1982 - present

As for other women in racing Danica Patrick won the 2008 Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an Indy car race and in 2011the first woman to lead a lap at Daytona International Speedway.

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