Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Women Drivers in Indycar: the championship results


Sarah Fisher and Janet Guthrie, 2002

This post lists the championship finishing position of women drivers in the USA's elite single-seater racing series, referred to in the title, for convenience, as Indycar. The championship has been run by a series of sanctioning bodies over the years. Between 1996 and 2003, two championships were held, run by rival bodies. Results for both of these have been included here.
No women at all raced in Indycar and its antecedents until the mid-1970s. Women were not even allowed in the Indianapolis pit area, in any capacity, until 1971.
Results of women drivers in the Indianapolis 500, the series' blue riband event, can be found here.

USAC National Championship
1976
Janet Guthrie (Vollstedt-Offenhauser) – unplaced (4 races)
Arlene Hiss (Eagle-Offenhauser) – unplaced (1 race)

1977
Janet Guthrie (Lightning-Offenhauser) – unplaced (3 races)

1978
Janet Guthrie (Wildcat-DGS) – unplaced (1 race)

1979
Janet Guthrie (Lola-Cosworth/Offenhauser) – 15th (3 races)

SCCA/CART Indycar Series
1979
Janet Guthrie (Lola-Cosworth) – unplaced (1 race)

PPG Indy Car World Series
1983
Desiré Wilson (March Cosworth)– 28th (9 races)

1984
Desiré Wilson (March-Cosworth) – unplaced (2 races; did not qualify for either)

1986
Desiré Wilson (March-Cosworth) – unplaced (3 races)

1992
Lyn St. James (Lola-Chevrolet) - 30th (1 race)

1993
Lyn St. James (Lola-Chevrolet/Ford) – unplaced (7 races)

1994
Lyn St. James (Lola-Ford) – unplaced (1 race)

1995
Lyn St. James (Lola-Ford) – unplaced (3 races)

Indy Racing League
1996
Lyn St. James (Lola-Ford) – 12th (3 races)

1997
Lyn St. James (Dallara-Infiniti) – 42nd (1 race)

1998
Lyn St. James (G Force-Infiniti) – unplaced (1 race – did not qualify)

1999
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Oldsmobile) – 46th (1 race)
Lyn St. James (G Force-Oldsmobile) – unplaced (1 race – did not qualify)

Indy Racing Northern Light Series
2000
Sarah Fisher (Riley&Scott/Dallara-Oldsmobile) – 18th (8 races)
Lyn St. James (G Force- Oldsmobile) – 49th (1 race)

2001
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Oldsmobile) – 19th (13 races)

Indycar Series
2002
Sarah Fisher (G Force-Nissan) – 18th (10 races)

2003
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Chevrolet) – 18th (15 races)

2004
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Toyota) – 30th (1 race)

2005
Danica Patrick (Panoz-Honda) – 12th (17 races)

2006
Danica Patrick (Panoz/Dallara-Honda) – 9th (13 races)
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Honda) – 25th (2 races)
Champ Car:
Katherine Legge (Lola-Ford) – 16th (14 races)

2007
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) – 7th (17 races)
Sarah Fisher (Dallara-Honda) – 17th (17 races)
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) – 20th (7 races)
Champ Car:
Katherine Legge (Panoz-Cosworth) – 15th (14 races)

2008
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) – 6th (17 races)
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) – 25th (11 races)
Sarah Fisher (Dallara Honda) – 34th (3 races)

2009
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) – 5th (17 races)
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) – 24th (9 races)
Sarah Fisher (Dallara Honda) – 25th (6 races)

2010
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) – 10th (17 races)
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Honda) – 19th (17 races)
Milka Duno (Dallara-Honda) – 23rd (17 races, 1 DNQ)
Sarah Fisher (Dallara Honda) – 26th (7 races)
Ana Beatriz (Dallara-Honda) – 30th (5 races)

2011
Danica Patrick (Dallara-Honda) – 10th (16 races)
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Honda) – 20th (14 races)
Ana Beatriz (Dallara-Honda) – 21st (15 races)
Pippa Mann (Dallara-Honda) – 38th (3 races)

2012
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Lotus) – 24th (14 races)
Katherine Legge (Dallara-Lotus/Chevrolet) – 26th (9 races)
Ana Beatriz (Dallara-Chevrolet) – 29th ( 2 races)

2013
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Chevrolet) – 13th (19 races)
Ana Beatriz (Dallara-Honda) – 29th (7 races)
Pippa Mann (Dallara-Honda) – 31st (4 races)
Katherine Legge (Dallara-Honda) – 37th (1 race)

2014
Pippa Mann (Dallara-Honda) – 33rd (1 race)

2015
Pippa Mann (Dallara-Honda) - 29th (6 races)
Simona de Silvestro (Dallara-Honda) - 30th (3 races)

2016
Pippa Mann (Dallara-Honda) - 29th (2 races)

(Image copyright Ron McQueeney)

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