Watch The Full Race: Toni Breidinger Becomes ‘First-Ever Arabic-American Female Driver To Participate In Any NASCAR National Series’
While NASCAR drives are used to making left turn after left turn, the sport as a whole seems to be making history as there was yet another historic feat that happened in NASCAR, this time during the Daytona 500 weekend.
In a NASCAR press release on February 4, “Young’s Motorsports announced that Toni Breidinger has joined the organization to compete in a limited ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule beginning with the 2021 ARCA season-opener on Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway…When Breidinger makes her Truck Series debut in 2021, she will become the first-ever Arabic-American female driver to participate in any NASCAR national series.”
Congrats to Breidinger!
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to continue the next steps of my racing career with Young’s Motorsports,” Breidinger said in the press release. “It’s going to be a busy year of competition in ARCA Menards Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but I feel like the program that we have assembled at Young’s Motorsports will be influential in completing our goals and setting the path for the future.”
NASCAR states the driver is “a record 19-time female USAC winner (and) shifted her attention from dirt to asphalt…most recently finish(ing) fourth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series in 2020 with DLP Motorsports.”
As shown on USAC’s Twitter, their recent race in February was on dirt with the Winter Dirt Games. From dirt roads to pavement roads, Breidinger talked about the opportunity to compete in the Daytona 500 weekend.
“Daytona is going to be the biggest race of my career, but I’m ready for it,” Breidinger said. “It’s going to be a competitive race, but I know that the Young’s Motorsports team will prepare me a fast race car and we can contend for a top-10 finish. That is our goal, a top-10 finish.”
Here’s the whole The ARCA Menards Series’ 2021 Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire race:
Breidinger ended up having a good race, almost getting into that top-10! According to the official racing results, she finished all 82 laps in 18th place after she started out at 31st out of 34 drivers.
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