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Lyn St James

When Lyn St. James completed her first Indy 500 at the age of 45, she was just the second woman in history to race in the event. Some doubted that a woman could keep up with male drivers, and Lyn struggled to get the sponsorship she needed to race. She took ele venth place, and became the first woman to be selected Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.

Fueled by inspiration and limitless motivation, Lyn St. James managed to rise through the ranks and eventually become known as the American Woman Racing Icon of the Century. She is undoubtedly a testament to the power of determination and positive thinking.

Lyn St. James Personal Facts

  • Birthplace: Willoughby, Ohio
  • Residence: Phoenix, AZ
  • Daughter: Lindsay Lessman
  • Education: Graduate of Andrews School for Girls in Ohio and majored in business. Earned a piano-teaching certificate from the St. Louis Institute of Music.
  • Debut in Racing: 1973 Amateur Sports Car Club of America
  • First Indy Race: 1992 Indianapolis 500

Lyn St. James Indy Racing Career Achievements:

  • 1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year (first woman to ever win)
  • Seven Indianapolis 500 starts in nine years, including six consecutive starts (1992 - 1997)
  • Qualified sixth for 1994 Indy 500 (highest ever for a woman at Indy)
  • Best finish at Indy was eleventh in 1992.
  • Set world record on closed-course for women reaching 225.722 mph during the 1995 Indy 500 qualification weekend.
  • Oldest driver in the field (53) of the 2000 Indy 500
  • Raced in 15 Indy Racing races including Fed-X CART Championship and Indy Racing Northern Light Series. Scored 2 Top-10 qualifying spots; 1 Top-10 finish

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