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ESPN30For30PresentstheStoryofLegendaryRaceCarDriverJanetGuthrie

Judith Davis
4mo New York, NY, United States Story
ESPN 30 For 30 Presents the Story of Legendary Race Car Driver Janet Guthrie

There are so many woman who have done amazing things in history.  From breaking the glass sealing in politics, business, sports as well as quiet a few other industries, the roles for the the ladies have been changing and the world is all the better for it.  That is the case for Janet Guthrie, She became the first woman to qualify for the Indy 500. 

In the world of motorsports, the Indianapolis 500 has long been considered ‘the only race’. In  May, 1977, Janet Guthrie earned a place among the prestigious field of 33.
A year later,  overcoming impossible odds, Guthrie cobbled together her own team for a stunning success.  Yet just when her career should have rocketed forward, it suddenly, inexplicably stalled.

The documentary is directed by Jenna Ricker  (“Ben’s Plan,” “The American Side”) with producers Caroline Waterlow and Nina Krstic (“O.J.: Made in America”) and Greg Stuhr (“The American Side”) comes the story of a female athlete breaking boundaries. What Janet Guthrie accomplished in the male bastion of mid-70s American motorsports, stands as a testament to one woman's determination and skill - the kind too often relegated to the margins of history.

With unprecedented access to the era’s local television coverage, network broadcasts, rarely seen promotional films, home movies, and private photo and film collections, the film is unique in that it is comprised almost entirely of archival material. 

Immersing audiences in the wildly colorful and violently dangerous world of 1970s auto racing, the film is punctuated by period commentary and interviews from Jim McKay, Jackie Stewart, and Howard Cosell. The contemporary interviews provide ‘eyewitness’ accounts, and feature over a dozen personalities who were there, from Guthrie’s crew members to her competitors, such as legendary racers A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford, along with Guthrie’s own in-depth, candid, and ultimately revealing account.

Check out the trailer here.



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