Brehanna Daniels praises NASCAR's diversity efforts


Brehanna Daniels, NASCAR, tire changer, box, member, Naascar

Daniels says the diversity among NASCAR pit members is clear and being the first Black woman is a much greater opportunity than she is.

Brehanna Daniels, NASCAR's first Black female pit crew member, is proud of the organization's efforts to promote greater diversity.

Although Daniels acknowledges that NASCAR is predominantly white male, she is impressed by the progress the sport has made in terms of gender and racial inclusion. “I love seeing the growth and I’m really super, super proud of NASCAR,” the 30-year-old said People. “They have definitely come a long way. It’s still a long way since I started.”

According to NASCAR's distributor, there is an apparent shift in diversity within the pit crew.

Daniels' journey with NASCAR began in 2016 when the organization's Drive for Diversity program recruited at her alma mater, Norfolk University. BLACK COMPANY chronicled her historic achievement in becoming the first Black female tire changer in NASCAR annals in 2017 and reaching another milestone late that year by becoming part of the first female duo on a NASCAR pit crew.

Reflecting on her initial lack of NASCAR knowledge with People, the former basketball point guard shared: “I didn’t even look at it. “It was so bad I didn't even know there was a pit crew.” Daniels admitted her concern. “Before I started the sport, I was a little nervous because of course anyone who listens to NASCAR, or listened to NASCAR back then, only thinks about Caucasian men… Then I thought, why would I want to join a sport where “There’s no one out there that looks like me?”

However, her skepticism about joining an organization she knew nothing about faded when she learned she would make history in this role. “When I found out I was going to be the first black woman, I thought, Wait a minute. At this point it’s a lot bigger than me,” she said.

Daniels was driven by a desire to be “that role model” for little black girls and other women who want to enter the professional world of auto racing. She published her e-book, How to Become a NASCAR Pit Crew Memberas part of their efforts to increase representation and encourage others to pursue the sport.