Friday, 24 December 2010

Women in the Indianapolis 500


(L-R: Milka Duno, Sarah Fisher, Lyn St.James, Billie Jean King, Danica Patrick)

The first running of the Indianapolis 500, at the Brickyard circuit, happened in 1911. However, it remained a firmly male-only bastion until the 1970s. It was not until the start of the decade that women were permitted into the pitlane as journalists or team staff, partly due to the persistence of women journalists such as Denise McCluggage.

Although female drivers had made specially-sanctioned promotional appearances at the Brickyard as early as 1935, it was not until 1976 that they were allowed to participate in its blue riband event. Janet Guthrie was the first woman driver to pass her rookie test.

In more recent history, the Indianapolis 500 has been one of the few elite motorsport events routinely entered by multiple women racers.

Below is a list of all the appearances by female drivers in the Indy 500.

1976
Janet Guthrie (Coyote-Foyt) - DNQ

1977
Janet Guthrie (Lightning-Offenhauser) - 29th

1978
Janet Guthrie (Wildcat-DGS) - 9th

1979
Janet Guthrie (Lola-Cosworth) - 34th

1980
Janet Guthrie (Lightning-Cosworth) - DNQ

1982
Desiré Wilson (Eagle-Cosworth) - DNQ (withdrawn)

1983
Desiré Wilson (March 82C-Cosworth) - DNQ

1992
Lyn St. James (Lola-Chevrolet) - 11th

1993
Lyn St.James (Lola-Cosworth) - 25th

1994
Lyn St.James (Lola-Cosworth) - 19th

1995
Lyn St.James (Lola-Cosworth) - 32nd

1996
Lyn St.James (Lola-Cosworth) - 14th

1997
Lyn St. James (Dallara-Infiniti) - 13th

1998
Lyn St. James (G Force-Infiniti) - DNQ

1999
Lyn St. James (G Force-Oldsmobile) - DNQ

2000
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Oldsmobile) - 31st
Lyn St. James (G Force-Oldsmobile) - 32nd

2001
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Oldsmobile) - 31st

2002
Sarah Fisher (G Force-Infiniti) - 24th

2003
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Chevrolet) - 31st

2004
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Toyota) - 21st

2005
Danica Patrick (Panoz-Honda) - 4th

2006
Danica Patrick (Panoz-Honda) - 8th

2007
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) - 8th
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Honda) - 18th
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) - 31st

2008
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) - 19th
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) - 22nd
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Honda) - 30th

2009
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) - 3rd
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Honda) - 17th
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) - 20th

2010
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) - 6th
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Honda) - 14th
Ana Beatriz (Dallara-Honda) - 21st
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Honda) - 26th
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) - DNQ

2011
Danica Patrick - 10th
Pippa Mann - 20th
Ana Beatriz - 21st
Simona de Silvestro - DNF
(all Dallara-Honda)

2012
Katherine Legge (Dallara-Chevrolet) - 22nd
Ana Beatriz (Dallara-Chevrolet) - 23rd
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Lotus) - DNF

2013
Ana Beatriz (Honda) - 15th
Simona de Silvestro (Chevrolet) - 17th
Katherine Legge (Honda) - 26th
Pippa Mann (Honda) - 30th/DNF

2014
Pippa Mann (Dallara) - 24th

2015
Simona de Silvestro (Honda) - 19th
Pippa Mann (Honda) - 22nd

2016
Pippa Mann (Honda) - 18th

(Image from www.motorsport.com)

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