Hot Wheels: African-American Racecar Drivers Who Blazed a Path
Willie T. Ribbs
In his first year of professional racing, Willie T. Ribbs won the Dunlop Championship in 1975 and laterwon the pole in the Long Beach Formula Atlantic race in 1982. He is best known for becoming the first Black person to test for the Formula 1 Grand Prix team in Estroil, Portugal, in 1986, and in 1991 became the first African-American to race in the Indianapolis 500. He also was a member of the CART circuit and drove a car co-sponsored by comedian Bill Cosby.