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Guthrie first woman to qualify for Indy 500

Updated: May 18, 2001, 11:52 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 22, 1977

Last year, Janet Guthrie was the first woman to officially enter the Indy 500, the first woman to drive around the track in actual practice and the first woman driver to complete the mandatory rookie test. However, she did not make a qualifying attempt because her car wasn't fast enough.

This year, she has a faster car. She did more than 191 mph before hitting the wall 12 days ago. Today, the 39-year-old physicist-turned-racer becomes the first woman to qualify ...

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