DETROIT -- Driver Lyn St. James and J.C. Penney Co. announced yesterday that St. James will be the first woman to try to enter the Indianapolis 500 since the early 1980s.
If she makes in into the 33-car field, St. James, 45, would be the first female driver to compete in the world's most-watched car race since Janet Guthrie finished 34th in 1979.
St. James will drive for the team owned by Dick and Diane Simon in a car sponsored by J.C. Penney.
Qualifying starts May 9. It isn't until May 17 that the last drivers know they've made the field. The race is May 24.
Guthrie ran in the 1977, 1978 and 1979 races. Desire Wilson, the only woman to win a Formula One race, tried unsuccessfully to qualify for the Indy 500 in 1982, 1983 and 1984.