In 1953, NASCAR issued a racing license to the sport’s first black driver. As of 2012, Tia Norfleet is the first and only African-American woman to become a licensed NASCAR driver since the founding of the organization nearly seven decades ago. Tia started racing when she was just 9, following after her father, Bobby Norfleet. Having filled one of the voids in the American auto racing world, Tia’s next goal is to become the first African-American female NASCAR champion.
REFLECTIONS: Hometown: Suffolk, VA. * Age: 25 * Advice she would have given herself 10 years ago: Go with your heart. Surround yourself with like-minded and positive people that will check you when you are wrong but support you when you are right. * Most valuable life lesson learned: When you put God first in everything it makes life that much more easier to handle. I find that with God I am able to face anything. * Words to live by: Never settle for second place and reach back and bring someone with you.
DIVERSIONS: Reading now: A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. * Reading next: Dave Pelzer's A Man Named Dave and The Lost Boy * Guilty Pleasure: Dolce & Gabbana clothing and shoes.* Last Fun Purchase: A pair of Christian Louboutins.