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Women of the Indianapolis 500

Nine women have made the field to participate in the Indianapolis 500, starting with Janet Guthrie in 1977. This section goes into their details as well as provides interviews and clips highlighting their Indianapolis 500 achievements.

Women of the 500
Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 17, 1976
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 3 (1977-79)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 14th in 1979
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 9th in 1978
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $58,792
  • First woman to start in Indianapolis 500

Desire Wilson

Desiré Wilson

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 11, 1982
  • Failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500

Lyn St. James

Lyn St. James

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 2, 1992
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 7 (1992-97, 2000)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 6th in 1994
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 11th in 1992
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $1,175,974

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: April 11, 2000
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 9 (2000-04, 2007-10)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 9th in 2002
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 17th in 2009
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $2,065,325

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 8, 2005
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 8 (2005-11, 2018)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 4th in 2005
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 3rd in 2009
  • Career Indianapolis 500 laps led: 29
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $2,865,240
  • First woman to lead a lap in Indianapolis 500

Milka Duno

Milka Duno

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 6, 2007
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 3 (2007-09)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 27th in 2008
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 19th in 2008
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $815,675

Ana Beatriz

Ana Beatriz

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 16, 2010
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 4 (2010-13)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 13th in 2012
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 15th in 2013
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $1.073,660

Simona de Silvestro

Simona de Silvestro

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 16, 2010
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 6 (2010-13, 2015, 2021)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 18th in 2015
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 14th in 2010
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $1,505,645

Pippa Mann

Pippa Mann

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 12, 2011
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 7 (2011, 2013-17, 2019)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 25th in 2015
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 16th in 2019
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $1,516,385

Katherine Legge

Katherine Legge

  • Passed Indianapolis 500 driver’s test: May 18, 2012
  • Career Indianapolis 500 starts: 3 (2012-13, 2023)
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 start: 29th in 2023
  • Best career Indianapolis 500 finish: 22nd in 2012
  • Indianapolis 500 career earnings: $630,430

Quick Facts / Records

  • Fastest one-lap qualification lap: 231.627 mph – Katherine Legge (2023)
  • Fastest four-lap qualification average: 231.070 mph – Katherine Legge (2023)
  • Highest starting position: 4th – Danica Patrick (2005)
  • Highest finishing position: 3rd – Danica Patrick (2005)
  • Most laps completed, single race: 200 – Danica Patrick (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011); Sarah Fisher (2009); Ana Beatriz (2013); Simona de Silvestro (2013, 2015); Pippa Mann (2019)
  • Most laps completed, career: 1,404 – Danica Patrick (2005-2011, 2018)
  • Most laps led, single race: 19 – Danica Patrick (2005)
  • Most laps led, career: 29 – Danica Patrick (2005-2011, 2018)
  • Most races running at finish: 6 –Danica Patrick (2005-2007, 2009-2011)
  • Most earnings, single race: $763,305 – Danica Patrick (2009)