“Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle”
Janet Guthrie’s own account of her racing adventures (Sport Classic Books,
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"The year's best books took us deep into the psyches of competitors like...race
who wrote her own profile in courage...Guthrie turned
out an uplifting work
that is one of the best books ever
written about racing--and
establishes her as one of the
sport's most eloquent voices."
December 19, 2005)
"Ms. Guthrie possesses a level of erudition rare among race drivers...you will find
refreshingly literate voice from the sports world."
York Times, June 4, 2006)
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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
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
top-ten finishes in both
Indy-car Championship racing and in NASCAR Cup
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 is tied
for the best
by a woman in
NASCAR’s superspeedway era. She was the only woman to lead a Cup race
for 35 years.
She was Top Rookie in five NASCAR Cup races.
A graduate of the University of Michigan (B. Sc. in physics), she was formerly a
and an aerospace engineer.
Her helmet and driver's suit are in
the Smithsonian Institution.
She is a charter member of the Women's Sports Foundation
International Women's Sports
Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the International
Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Updated October 2014