IndyCar Racing is notable as one of the few sports where men compete against women. Over the years, women have proven themselves (not that they should need to), as serious competitors in the field.
Here are some of IndyCar’s most notable female drivers, who have really made their mark.
Becoming the Indianapolis 500’s youngest female driver at the age of 19 thrust Sarah Fisher into the sporting spotlight. Fisher also became the first female team owner to win a race, cementing her reputation as an entrepreneur and sportswoman.
Sarah Fisher has become a key spokeperson for female equality, as author and spokesperson. The ex-IndyCar driver has become a familiar figure in US homes, thanks to her appearances on TV shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
It was a unique journey that took Janet Guthrie to the world of IndyCar racing. Born in 1938, was already a trailblazer, when working as an aerospace engineer for Republic Aviation she had begun to race cars in the early 60s. It wasn’t until 1972 that Guthrie became a professional race car driver.
In 1976, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to compete in a NASCAR race; the Winston Cup, and then completed the Daytona 500 the next season. Then, in the late 70s she finished 11 IndyCar races, with her highest finishing position as fifth. Janet Guthrie is a pioneer of women’s sporting achievements.
Hailing from Guildford, Surrey, UK, Katherine Legge had already made a name for herself as a Formula Three driver, as well as competing in Formula Ford and Formula Renault. Legge has picked up several awards and accolades.
Having taken part in races all over the world, Legge has now signed to IndyCar’s Dragon Racing. She has also signed a sponsorship deal with the automotive online marketplace TrueCar as part of their Women Empowered initiative.
Arguably IndyCar’s most famous and successful female driver, Danica Patrick is the only woman to have won the IndyCar Series. Originally starting out as a race kart driver, Patrick graduated to the UK’s Formula Ford, and then onto the Sprint Cup Series NASCAR races.
Danica Patrick’s fame has extended far beyond the race track, as she has made many notable appearances as a TV personality and model. The driver has also appeared as a race car driver in CSI: NY, voiced a cartoon version of herself in The Simpsons and has appeared in Jay-Z’s video for Show Me What You Got. She is currently a brand ambassador for ladies Tissot Desire watches and other ladies timepieces from the range.
Peter S writes professionally on a range of subjects including sports, travel and lifestyle. Peter is an Indycar fan and loves Tissot watches.