Janet Guthrie outraced insults to make history
The sign said, "JANET GRAB THAT POLE."
It was May 14, 1977, pole day for the biggest race in the world, the Indianapolis 500. A conga line of cars eased down pit road, pushed by their crews and chaperoned by their drivers. Fans packed the grandstands on either side of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's fabled frontstretch. Most were there to cheer the legendary likes of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and the Unsers.
Then there were the fine folks ...
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