This column originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on June 2, 1976. Some context: Janet Guthrie did indeed participate in the World 600 (referred to here for some reason as the 500) a few days earlier, becoming the first woman to participate in a NASCAR. Winston Cup super speedway race. She finished 15th. However, in the weeks leading up to the race, Guthrie hoped to compete in the Indianapolis 500, which will be held on the same day as the World 600. Despite some help from Houston’s own AJ Foyt, Guthrie was unable to reach the field and opened the door for her. to compete in Charlotte. The following year, Guthrie would become the first woman to compete in the Indy 500.