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She earned a 9th-place finish in 1978 and later revealed she drove with a broken wrist.
During her career, she received a mixed welcome among the competitors and fans but was mostly viewed in a positive light by the media.
This is a list of female motor racing drivers who have entered an Indianapolis 500 race.
Ten women racing drivers have officially entered at least once, with Janet Guthrie being the first.
She was perhaps the first driver's wife to spend the entire race in the pits.
Rutherford won the race, and Betty's presence drew some media attention, leading many other wives to follow suit in future years.
A number of female owners/sponsors participated in some capacity throughout the first several decades, and off-the-track duties were common.She was able to pass her rookie test but suffered numerous mechanical problems during the month. She quickly reached a suitable speed; however, she did not make an attempt to qualify.On the final day of time trials, Guthrie was loaned a back-up car owned by A. Guthrie returned to Indy and qualified for the first time in 1977, and made three total starts.While not behind the wheel of race cars, women were frequently and routinely performers during the pre-race ceremonies, invited as dignitaries to attend the race, and many were employed by the track, working in the ticket office, motel, and other administrative positions.The first female owner to win the race was Maude "M.
As of 2017, she is also the first female driver to have led laps in the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, and the Coca-Cola 600.