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March 7, 1938 – Janet Guthrie, first woman to race in top tier NASCAR and Indy 500, is born
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March 7, 1938 – Janet Guthrie, first woman to race in top tier NASCAR and Indy 500, is born

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Janet Guthrie #68 stands in front of her car before the 1977 Winston Cup Daytona 500 on February 20, 1977 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images) Janet Guthrie, born on this day in 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, raced her way into the history books when she became the first woman to compete in a top tier NASCAR Winston Cup race, finishing in 15th place at the 1976 World 600.  Above: Janet Guthrie After graduating from the University of Michigan, Guthrie began a career as an aerospace engineer but after racing a Jaguar XK 140 in 1963, she foresaw a professional shift. A decade later racing became her full time job. Along with becoming the first woman to race at the highest levels of NASC...

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