Racing Glove Worn by Janet Guthrie during the 1977 Indy 500

Summary

Janet Guthrie broke one of auto racing's highest glass ceilings in 1977 when she became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Guthrie wore this glove in that race. Engine problems held her back to finish in 29th position. Guthrie raced again at Indy in 1978 and 1979. She also competed in 33 NASCAR races over four seasons.

Janet Guthrie broke one of auto racing's highest glass ceilings in 1977 when she became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Guthrie wore this glove in that race. Engine problems held her back to finish in 29th position. Guthrie raced again at Indy in 1978 and 1979. She also competed in 33 NASCAR races over four seasons.

Artifact

Glove

Date Made

circa 1977

Subject Date

29 May 1977

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2015.71.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Canvas

Color

Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 18.75 in

Width: 8.25 in

Length: 1.75 in

Inscriptions

autographed on glove: Janet Guthrie on plaque: JANET GUTHRIE / 1st Woman Qualifier - Indy 500 1977 / She wore this glove on May 29, 1977 for the Indy 500 starting in the 26th position and completing 27 laps, finishing 29th after a timing gear failure.

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