Since 1911 when the first race was held, the Indianapolis 500 has been an event dominated by men. For the first few decades this was a given, considering women were not allowed to participate. It wasn’t until 1971 that a female reporter was even allowed in the pit crew and a female racer was unheard of until 1977 when Janet Guthrie qualified for the event. Female participation has come a little ways since then with eight women successfully qualifying and as it turns out, the most popular Indy 500 drivers as ranked by Google are actually women.

Brazilian racing driver, Ana Beatriz, comes in ranked at number four with 110,000 hits in one month, followed by Swiss race car driver, Simona de Silvestro with 165,000 hits. American auto racing driver, Danica Patrick, surprisingly falls in second place with 246,000, while Venezuelan race car driver, Milka Duno heads the pack by a long shot of 550,000 hits per month.

So even though the record for most victories is still tied up by three men (A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears have each won four), women are joining in on the fun. Once they catch up with the 66 year head start given to the men, maybe they’ll earn a few records of their own. They are definitely on their way.

Until then, Drivers, Start Your Engines!


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  (342) posted on 08.22.2011

Whoah. Is this true? This can’t be! HAHA. By the way, it is a good thing that women are into racing now. In the first place, I know that they can really make it, but we did not gave them a chance. Well, this could be their start.

  (399) posted on 08.22.2011

’m glad that Indianapolis 500 had opened the race track for woman racer. I couldn’t admit on how impressive was their lap time record and performance. It really shows on how powerful and flexible are these awesome ladies.

  (474) posted on 08.22.2011

That’s quite an awesome to know about this little trivia. I never thought that women are this incredible creature. I have google the record of these ladies and I’m totally impressed. I wonder on what men racer have to say on this fact?

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