Some little girls play with dolls. Others take up sewing. But for a five-year-old Tia Norfleetâ€”now 24â€”it was a battery-operated toy Corvette that held the most appeal.
It wasnâ€™t an obsession that was too surprising to her dad, NASCAR racing pioneer Bobby Norfleet. But now that heâ€™s retired from the sport, Tia is looking to fill his patch-covered racing jumpsuit and helmet as the first African American female NASCAR driver. BE Next sat down with the Suffolk, Virginia, nativeâ€”and the first woman to ever be issued a license by NASCARâ€”to discuss her plight as she looks to move beyond drag racing and qualify for the longer distance tracks, such as Daytona and Talladega.
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