Hot Wheels: African-American Racecar Drivers Who Blazed a Path
Pushing the Pedal to the Metal
BET.com looks back at African-Americans who blazed through racial barriers and took the racing world by storm. —Britt Middleton
Wendell Scott is regarded as the most prolific African-American racecar driver to ever hit the track. He faced great racial barriers over his career, but eventually became the first African-American to start in a NASCAR race (the Spartanburg 200 in Spartanberg, South Carolina, on March 4, 1961) and went on to compete in roughly 495 more NASCAR races from 1961 through 1973.