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Gordon Johncock leads Tom Sneva, AJ Foyt, Bobby Unser and the rest of the field into Indy's Turn 1 early in the race in 1977.

Rick Mears, making his rookie appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drives his Eagle 7225/Offenhauser TC on a warmup lap during practice for the 1977 "500." Mears failed to qualify for the '77 race, but returned the next year with Roger Penske and went on to win four races in the next 15 years.

Janet Guthrie drew a great deal of attention during practice for the 1977 event, and even more after she became the first woman to qualify for the Indy 500. Driving Rolla Vollstedt's Lightning 76 1/Offenhauser TC, Guthrie posted the fastest speed on the final day of qualifying.