NASCAR’s first Arab American female driver has made her debut at Daytona International Speedway. Toni Breidinger got behind the wheel for the 2021 stock car competition ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series in Florida on Saturday, according to the racing organization.
Dayton Debut. My team and I set 2 goals to finish the race and stay out of trouble. Excited for the rest of the of the season pic.twitter.com/YEdpqYWaGN
— Toni Breidinger (@ToniBreidinger) February 14, 2021
Toni, who’s only 21-years-old and of Lebanese descent, is part of the racing team Young’s Motorsports. Toni says Daytona has always been on her bucket list and that this is the biggest race of her career so far, but she was ready for it. Before the race, she said the event was a step in the right direction for her to hopefully race in the Daytona 500 one day.
Race day tomorrow. Let’s go @DAYTONA @youngsmtrsports @TeamChevy pic.twitter.com/6T2hnN79Ul
— Toni Breidinger (@ToniBreidinger) February 13, 2021
Three other women, Breahanna Daniels, Breanna O’Leary and Dalanda Ouendeno, also made NASCAR history at Daytona this year. They’re graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which has a goal to create diverse and inclusive pit teams and as a result, Daniels is now the first black woman to be a NASCAR tire changer.
"It's always nice seeing other women reach out to me and say, 'You're living my dream, how can I get involved?'" @Mindless_BMDhttps://t.co/Eb8ou10bBB
— Uplifting News for Women (@liber8women) February 13, 2021
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