Melissa Harville-Lebron, the first African American woman to own a race team licensed by NASCAR, isn’t the only black woman making history in the historically white and male-dominated sport. At just 24 years old, Brehanna Daniels holds the title of NASCAR’S first African American female pit crew member.
Daniels officially began changing tires in the pit box last June and recently worked at the Daytona 500 in Florida and the Rinnai 250, a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Georgia. Not only had she never imagined making history, she also never aspired to work in the auto-racing industry.
“I was never a NASCAR fan, it wasn’t even a thought,” said the former Norfolk State University basketball player, reports FOX 46. “It was just basketball, track and that’s it.”
However, her life took an unexpected turn after a friend encouraged her to sign up for a NASCAR diversity recruitment initiative during her senior year in college. “I found myself not doing anything, I was at the end of my internship, end of basketball, so I was like, ‘why not?’” She added that the initial tryout was “tough,” but “I ended up beating some of the boys I went against, so I’m like I know I did good.”
SOURCE: Selena Hill