Meet the first Black woman to own a powerful Nascar race team

Meet the first Black woman to own a powerful Nascar race team

- Melissa Harvile-Lebron has become the first Black-American to own a NASCAR-licensed race team

- The 47-year-old mother started her own race team 10 years after quitting her job at the New York City Correction Department

- Harvile-Lebron has 4 black-and-latent vehicles, two in the World Camping trucks and two in the All America Whelen Cup

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While Melissa Harvile-Lebron never dreamt she could make history, she has become the first African-American to own a NASCAR-licensed race team.

The 47-year-old mum began her career in the entertainment industry as an intern at Sony Music.

Blackculturenews.com writes that in 2005, while employed at the New York City Correction Department, she founded her own music label.

Almost a decade later, her asthma attack forced her to retire early and prompted her to risk starting a diversified entertainment company.

Harville-Lebron claims that her introduction into motor racing started unwittingly when she took her sons into a NASCAR race with a view to discourage their interest.

The incident further sparked the desires of her children and eventually led her to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a team for herself.

Harville-Lebron reveals that she had been invited to a NASCAR event and took her sons with her thinking it was going to deter them from racing but it didn’t work that way.

''They rode 149 mph and 150 mph and enjoyed it every minute as they watched in amazement,'' Harville-Lebron is quoted by blackculturenews.com.

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Meet the first Black woman to own a NASCAR race team

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However, seeing her sons' love and enthusiasm for cycling, Harville-Lebron wanted to help her hold her spirit.

Nevertheless, she noticed an infamous lack of diversity as she studied the past of the sport. The light conductors, let alone a person, were little or none, which prompted her to fill the gap all the more.

With the aid of W.M, she designed E2 Northeast Motorsport, Stock Companies, Inc.

With 4 black-and-latent vehicles, two in the World Camping trucks and two in the All America Whelen Cup, NASCAR’s E2 Northeast Motorsports programme has become the first ethnic team to compete in NASCAR.

The brothers and sons of Harville’s-Lebron, Eric and Enrico are two pilots.

Harville-Lebron had another win in comparison to tradition on the 16th of Février, as their squad had their first official competition at the Nascar Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

Scott Stenzel started the chase with a three-year break at the NCWTS, the Northeast E2 Motorsports Chevrolet. He came on Daytona International Speedway in the 15th position.

Harville-Lebron hopes to see more sporting owners, in particular, NASCAR teams, in addition to offering colorful people opportunities.

In other stories, YEN.com.gh previously reported with the next presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in December 2020, voters will either elect a new president and vice-president or re-elect the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The campaign for who to win the elections will intensify in 2020 as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) prepares to challenge other opposition parties especially the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to retain power.

However, Ghanaians will not be easily cajoled by unrealistic campaign promises aimed at influencing which party they vote for.

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