Today IN History: May 29 By Tom Maloney • May 29, 2018 TwitterFacebookGoogle+Email Janet Gunthrie, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1979. Credit indycar.com In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500, finishing in 29th place (the winner was A.J. Foyt). Tags: Today IN HistoryTwitterFacebookGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Today IN History: May 25 By Tom Maloney • May 25, 2018 Matt Dial / Indianapolis Star Seven crashes and spinouts marred the first Indianapolis 500 since the two warring open-wheel series (CART and IRL) came together under the IndyCar banner; Scott Dixon stayed ahead of the trouble to win the race, in 2008. Today IN History: May 22 By Tom Maloney • May 22, 2018 In 1868, a major train robbery took place near Marshfield, Indiana, as members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in loot. That $96,000 robbery would be worth $1,529,957.57 today.