Two Female Tire-Changers Will Work On No. 51 Car In Coke Zero Sugar 400

The News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Two women are making their mark in the racing world.

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Two women will participate in Saturday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 as members of the pit crew for Rick Ware Racing.

Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O’Leary, products of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, will change the tires for the No. 51 Chevy Camaro driven by Ray Black Jr.

According to an official NASCAR release, Daniels is believed to be the first female African-American pit crew member in a national series event.

The 24-year-old played basketball for two seasons at Norfolk State University, a MEAC rival of Bethune-Cookman.

“It’s hard to believe I’ve only been changing tires for two years and now I’m here at the Monster Energy (Cup) Series level,” Daniels said. “What I’m doing in NASCAR is so much bigger than me. It’s been so rewarding to be part of history while at the same time inspiring others to take on challenges they thought might not be possible.”

O’Leary will be making her second Cup Series appearance this year for the No. 51 team (Michigan, June 10). She played softball and worked in the strength and conditioning department at Alcorn State University.

Daniels and O’Leary, who share an apartment together in Charlotte, N.C., were both recruited to NASCAR’s diversity development program in 2016. In total, six females have now reached NASCAR’s highest level.

Daytona 500 celebration never ends for Dillon

Austin Dillon has learned over the past five months that the celebration never ends for a Daytona 500 champion.

“It’s been really special,” Dillon said ahead of Thursday’s Cup practice. “Last week with the Cubs I did the seventh inning stretch, and that was really special. I was nervous. Any time you get nervous it’s a big deal.”

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