DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Janet Guthrie has sent her congratulations to Danica Patrick for winning the pole at the Daytona 500.
Guthrie was the previous best female qualifier in a Cup race. She started ninth at Bristol and Talladega in 1977.
Guthrie was proud of Patrick's accomplishment. But Guthrie was more proud of the way NASCAR's attitude toward women has evolved over the last 30 years. Guthrie was heartened at seeing a women succeed in what has been a man's world.
She was the first woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, that same year she became the first to run in the Daytona 500. A ninth-place finish at Indy in 1978 stood as the best by a woman until Patrick finished fourth in 2005, then third in 2009.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

No NASCAR odds found

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail Pure Michigan 400 Picks The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series holds the Pure Michigan 400 later today. Here are some drivers we like to contend for the victory.
Thumbnail Road America 180 Picks The NASCAR Xfinity Series competes this afternoon in the Road America 180. Here are the drivers we like to contend...
Thumbnail Careers for Veterans 200 Picks The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off the auto racing weekend this afternoon for the Careers for Veterans 200. Here are the drivers we like to...
Thumbnail Careers for Veterans 200 Odds The NASCAR Camping World Truck Seriesis back in action this weekend when drivers compete in the Careers for Veterans...
Thumbnail Road America 180 Odds The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Wisconsin this weekend for the Road American 180. Here is a look at the odds to win this...
More inNASCAR Articles  
Advertisement