Meet NASCAR’s first Black woman on pit crew

Brehanna Daniels joined NASCAR in 2016 as part of ‘Drive for Diversity’ program

Brehanna Daniels Is Making History as NASCAR's First Black Female Tire Changer (Terrell Maxwell, WKMG 2021)

Brehanna Daniels grew up playing sports, so it’s no wonder she made it to where she is.

“I think I was like 4 years old when I started playing basketball,” she said.

In middle school she played four sports: basketball, track, field hockey and soccer.

Competition at such a young age taught her lessons that she still carries with her today.

Lessons like resilience, courage and commitment have helped her make history.

Now at 27, Daniels is NASCAR’s first Black female tire changer.

In 2019, Daniels became the first Black woman to pit in NASCAR's historic Daytona 500 race. (WKMG 2021)

In 2019, she became the first Black woman to pit in the Daytona 500 and she’s still breaking barriers in the historically white, male-dominated sport.

“I’ve been around a lot of guys before because of the different sports teams I’ve been on, but this was’s a sport that’s known for a lot of white men,” Daniels said.

Daniels’ journey in NASCAR started in 2016, when she was attending Norfolk State University, which is a Historically Black University.

One of her friends approached her about NASCAR coming to the school.

“I was looking at her like ‘Girl, you know I don’t watch NASCAR, what are you telling me this for?’” Daniels said.

At the time, she didn’t even know what a pit stop was.

That same friend showed her a video on YouTube and Daniels was intrigued, so she gave it a chance and went.

Daniels was the only woman in a group of men who tried out for the pit crew team as part of the organization’s “Drive for Diversity” program.

The program is aimed at recruiting and training minority and female racecar drivers and pit crew members.

Daniels impressed and she was invited to the national NASCAR combine, which included more than 20 women, and the rest is history.

Brehanna Daniels Is Making History as NASCAR's First Black Female Tire Changer (WKMG 2021)

“I’m taking this challenge and running with it just so I can be that example so we can get more faces that look like mine,” Daniels said.

But Daniels is not limiting herself to just NASCAR, she’s also an entrepreneur.

She started a clothing line called BRE apparel, which you can see here.

About the Author:

Robert Brown is the assignment manager at News 6. He joined the team in July 2018 as a producer and was promoted in 2020. Before moving to The City Beautiful, he spent six years in Jacksonville at WJXT-TV. Robert graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.