A record-tying four women will start this year's Indianapolis 500.

Pippa Mann chatted with tire makers, dropped in on the folks from the television networks, and even tried to get cozy with engine maker Honda in the hopes of landing a ride. Katherine Legge didn't know she would have a shot at Sunday's race until it was time to qualify last weekend, and now the two of them will join Ana Beatriz and Simona de Silvestro in the 33-car starting field.

In their minds, simply starting the race is no longer a story: The next big story will be win a woman finally wins.