✨✨✨ (Swipe 👈🏾) When you think of #NASCAR
, its drivers, and crew, the last thing you associate it with is black people. And yet, here we have this #HBCUMade
) beauty, @BrehannaDaniels
, who is changing the face of NASCAR, one tire at a time. #BrehannaDaniels
is the #FirstBlack
female tire-changer at the event. And while “changing tires” doesn’t sound like a big deal, in her industry it is. It is a dangerous job that requires skill, speed, & precision. #Salute
to this queen, another amazing role-model for our kids who may be discouraged to explore new terrain due to lack of representation. Wishing you nothing but success in your future though you don’t need my wishes because you are already magic! ✨✊🏾 #MelaninMagic #WCW #BlackExcellence #BlackWomenRock #FirstBlackWoman #Kinda
From AutoWeek: “The absolute last thing Brehanna Daniels expected after graduating from Norfolk State University in 2016 was that she’d become an over-the-wall tire-changer on a NASCAR team -- a dangerous & physically demanding job that men had been doing almost exclusively for 70 years.
But there she was at the recent #CokeZero400
, clearing the wall eight times to change front tires on Ray Black Jr.’s No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro....
And Daniels is almost assuredly the only African-American female to change tires under fire. Her presence brought an inordinate amount of publicity to the middling team, even luring the New York Times to Daytona Beach to chronicle her weekend.
“I’m glad to be paving the way for others who look like myself,” she told The Undefeated website after Black finished 16th for Rick Ware Racing. “It’s important to get many other faces in the sport of NASCAR and not have it as just one face. It’s a beautiful thing seeing different varieties of people and not just one face. It was (hard) in the very beginning (because) people were looking at me like I was foreign and everything else. But people are getting used to seeing me now. And it’s like, you need to just accept me for who I am, and I’m here now. I might not look like everybody else, but times are changing.””