In 1977, a 39-year-old aerospace engineer tried to qualify for the world’s most well-known race, the Indianapolis 500. In the face of scorn and skepticism, and saddled with subpar gear, Janet Guthrie shocked the racing world. The reluctant feminist-turned-trailblazer grew to become the primary girl to earn a spot on the beginning grid at Indy, amongst 33 of the world’s best drivers. But simply as her profession ought to have rocketed ahead, it all of the sudden, inexplicably stalled. Qualified chronicles the mercurial rise of this barrier breaking auto racer and her equally fast decline. What Janet Guthrie completed within the male bastion of mid-70s American motorsports, stands as a testomony to at least one girl’s willpower.


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