Tia Norfleet, first black woman licensed to race in NASCAR, makes her
13, 2012) Tia Norfleet, the first African American female licensed
by NASCAR, made her debut at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn,
Virginia, August 4, 2012. In its 67-year history, she is the first and
only African American woman to compete in NASCAR.
"It gives us great pleasure to officially announce Tia Norfleet's
historical accomplishment to the world. It has been a long time coming
and we are extremely elated and expect nothing but the best from her,"
said Guernica Williams of the The Platinum Marketing and Public
Relations Group, which is representing Norfleet.
"While this has been an enduring journey for the entire Norfleet team,
it has taught us patience and perseverance in all things," said Norfleet.
"Today is the result of persevering. I am truly honored and truly
blessed to be able to experience this moment with my family and to race
with some of the best drivers in the sport."
Tia Norfleet, the multi-talented Suffolk, VA native, is the daughter of
20-year veteran NASCAR driver, Bobby Norfleet. Tia started racing, under
her father's tutelage, at the age of 9 and has a true passion for the
"Getting here has taking much hard work and dedication, there are so
many people who have helped to make this happen and we are very thankful
for their devotion and support. At Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc., it is a
family affair and we all stand strong and firm behind Tia. We are
extremely proud of her and the hard work that she has put into this
program," stated Allen L. Ellison, President of Bobby Norfleet Racing,
On the track, Tia Norfleet boasts an impressive winning record racing
cars. From 1995- 2000, Tia started racing go karts, with 22 top ten
finishes, 6 top 5 finishes and 2 wins. She then moved up to the
Bandoleros Series from 2000-2003, accumulating 3 top 10 finishes and 2
top 5 finishes. In 2004, Tia began racing in late model series with 18
starts and 2 top 15 place finishes. In the drag racing circuit, she has
amassed an impressive 52 starts with 37 wins.
Off track, Tia has a literacy program called Driven 2 Read, in which,
she is developing a platform to help inspire children to read. It is a
merit based reading program designed to encourage young people to
increase their reading proficiency through the power of motorsports.
Norfleet is a Brand Ambassador for Verizon Wireless' Celebrating Your
Story; Empowering Your Network, which is an initiative that highlights
the social achievements of African Americans and allow them to inspire
their networks through the use of technology and interactive social
She is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the National African American
Drug Policy Coalition which is a unique collaborative initiative to
address the problem of drug abuse in the African American community with
each member organization contributing distinct intellectual content,
practices and procedures for eradicating the deleterious societal
effects of drug abuse.
For more info, visit
www.tianorfleet34.com or contactAllen
L. Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863.513.3547.
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