NASCAR awards Norfolk State's Brehanna Daniels with Drive for Diversity Award

Posted at 9:25 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 10:00:57-04

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Former Norfolk State University women's basketball player Brehanna Daniels, who made NASCAR history in 2019, has been recognized at the 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards. The honors celebrate the sport’s diversity and inclusion trailblazers.

Daniels received the 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Crew Member Award. An independent contractor, Daniels made history in 2019 when she became the first female African-American graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program to pit in the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Daniels currently works with aspiring pit crew members as a mentor and coach helping them to pursue their career dreams. Daniels has been featured on national morning shows and The Titan Games on NBC.

News 3 first introduced you to Daniels and her desire to make NASCAR history back in April 2017.

A native of Virginia Beach, Daniels was a two-year letterwinner with the Spartans from 2014-16 after arriving from Louisburg College. She averaged 4.9 points and 2.1 rebounds her senior year.

“As we continue in our mission to enhance diversity across this great sport, we are inspired by the stories and efforts of so many leaders within the industry who are setting positive examples and driving meaningful change,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said. “We are proud to recognize these 10 individuals and organizations whose hard work and accomplishments are having a profound impact and contributing to a more diverse and inclusive NASCAR.”

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards are traditionally held in the spring and recognize winners for their efforts and contributions the previous year.