Tia Norfleet, NASCAR's First African-American Female Driver

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Tia Norfleet, NASCAR's First African-American Female Driver
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Make room Danica Patrick, there’s a new girl in town. Tia Norfleet was recently licensed as Nascar’s first African-American female driver. She made her NASCAR racing debut in August. The 25-year-old is the daughter of racing veteran Bobby Norfleet, and she’s out to break even more ground...

UPDATE: Norfleet—and, by consequence, numerous media outlets—has exaggerated her exploits.

According to Viv Bernstein of The New York Times, "...Norfleet is not licensed to compete [on the Nationwide Series]. In fact, the only sanctioned race that Norfleet has entered, according to the sport’s officials, was a low-level event last year at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., where she completed one lap before driving onto pit road and parking her racecar.

"The discrepancy between Norfleet’s auto racing accomplishments and her public comments, as well as apparent legal issues revealed in court documents, have drawn objections from racing officials."

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