From sleeping in her car to the Indy 500: How Janet Guthrie changed racing for women


INDIANAPOLIS – Janet Guthrie used to sleep in her car.

Long before Danica Patrick, Katherine Legge, Sarah Fisher or Pippa Mann were offered sponsorships in competitive racing, Guthrie funded herself and drove — and slept in — her own cars.

Guthrie, who 40 years ago this Memorial Day weekend became a pioneer in motor sports as the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500, chuckles about that time now. She is nearly incredulous today that she did those things.

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