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Speed Girl

By: Stephan Talty
Narrated by: Christina Traister
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Speed Girl is the true story of how aerospace engineer turned race-car driver Janet Guthrie triumphed over hostility, chauvinism - even sabotage - to become the first woman to finish the Indianapolis 500.

It's the 1970s, and the fight for women's rights is gaining speed. In the sports world, Billie Jean King is breaking gender barriers on the tennis court. Janet Guthrie doesn't consider herself a "women's libber," but to racing's good ol' boys, she's a threat. When Guthrie makes a bid for Indy in 1976, the other drivers slam her mercilessly, even suggesting she's really a man. Fans heckle her, hoping she'll crash. Guthrie smiles through the pain and qualifies for Indy in 1978. And even a broken wrist and a rift on her team can't derail her - she finishes in the top ten.

Bestselling author Stephan Talty's riveting biography brings Guthrie's passion and persistence vividly to life. With gripping realism, Speed Girl immerses listeners in the untold story of the woman who came to Indy a racer and left a trailblazer.

©2017 Stephan Talty (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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One of the few books I was sad to get to the end !

While " Speed Girl " is steeped with a wonderful blend of historical facts, and an interesting blend of personal interest stories,
I genuinely wish there were more of both !
I am almost ashamed to say that I was a part of that Champ Car history, and the years of CART,
I can honestly say that I personally never had any part of the demeaning and vitriolic, terrible things said both to, and about Janet, and I most certainly hope that none of my team mates didn't either !
We were both a part of under-funded Indy Car efforts, so we were likely just a part trying to make the " show " .
I am planning to listen to
" Speed Girl " again, and hopefully maybe pick up on a few things I may have missed !
An excellent book, that I wish there were more of !
I truly hated for it to come to an end !

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great

first time I ever heard the story of guthey what an amazing woman I love her she is just fantastic I was just a kid when she was racing but wow what an experience what a woman

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what an amazing person who was a trailblazer. I've met Ms Guthrie. What a nice person. What a great story.

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Great story disappointingly short

Great story but sadly too short I would have liked to hear more about the cars she raced