our years ago, Brehanna Daniels was a 5’5” walk-on combo guard at Norfolk State who had her post-graduate sights set on a professional career in Europe. Stock car racing was nowhere on her radar when her team’s play-by-play announcer suggested she meet with a group of recruiters from NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development program and try out for a position on “the fastest team in sports.” (The average pit stop lasts about 16 seconds.)
Through hard work and determination, Daniels hasn’t just emerged as one of the few women in the sport but as the first and only black woman to work in the pits — a quick-trigger tire changer who’s now just as likely to be recognized as the face of headache medicine. Over the course of a half-hour conversation with GEN, she reflected on her unlikely road to this point and the even more unlikely history NASCAR made last week.
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