Speed Racer

Illustration for article titled Speed Racer

[New York; April 6, 1978. Image via AP.]

This April 6, 1978 file photo shows Janet Guthrie posing with a toy race car at a news conference in New York. Thirty-one years after Janet Guthrie became the first woman to race in the world's biggest open-wheel event, three women entered in the Indy race.

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I keep thinking of the L7 song "Shirley" about Shirley Muldowney.

"What's a beautiful girl like you doing racing in a place like this?