DAYTONA — As Sunday’s Daytona 500 made history, 68-year-old Frank Scott recalled another historic first made by his legendary father.
“He had great determination. He had a dream. He had a vision, but he had a plan,” Frank said of his father, Wendell Scott.
Wendell Scott was the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series event — the Jacksonville 200 in 1963, during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Frank was part of his father’s pit-crew.
“We were the only African Americans in a setting such as this. He had a lot of death threats. Not everybody loved Wendell Scott.”
In fact, Wendell’s trophy was given to second place driver Buck Baker, a white racer. Wendell Scott’s family says hours later, NASCAR acknowledged he won and paid him the prize money.
Darrell Bubba Wallace is the first African American to take the checkered flag on NASCAR’s national circuit since Wendell Scott. He came through NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which aims to recruit drivers and holds the NASCAR Diversity Awards annually.
“For me, from the African American diversity standpoint, I am carrying on that legacy,” Wallace said.
The Scotts say minority and women drivers need to receive the same lucrative sponsorships that others like Kyle Bush and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. do. That support affords them better equipment, something Scott’s father never had.
They also started the Wendell Scott Foundation to give young minorities new experiences and better job opportunities. READ MORE HERE
Be sure to check out the CBS Evening News with Michelle Miller when she interviews son and grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame legend Wendell Scott at the 2016 Daytona 500! The interview will air February 24, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. Check your local listings for the channel. It will also be available on our website www.wendellscott.org and CBS News www.cbsnews.com
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The Steer Into STEM Motorsports Camp is a product of The Wendell Scott Foundation in partnership with The Institute For Advanced Learning and Research, Danville, Virginia and STEM Sim Ex, a nonprofit based in Tampa Bay, FL. The curriculum is an adaptation of a program developed by Lisa Pineda of STEM Sim Ex using iRacing.com simulators with the exciting addition of field trips to places such as VIR, Performance Instruction &Training (PIT Crew U) in Mooresville, NC, and Averett University Flight Center also guest speakers from the Danville/Charlotte area and Louisville, Kentucky organized by The Wendell Scott Foundation. Students will experience inquiry-based topics such as Simulation Technology, Teamwork, Physical Fitness & Nutrition, and Community Service.
NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series (NPAS) drivers Ray Alfalla and Bryan Blackford, who drive Wendell Scott Foundation cars in the Series, will be guest instructing virtually as well as traveling to Danville for Wednesday-Friday of the camp. Cuban-born Alfalla is the 2-time NPAS Champion and Blackford produced the iRacing Basic Training series and is a burn survivor.
The Wendell Scott Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization
Mission: Nurturing and educating our community’s youth is the backdrop of what TheWendell Scott Foundation stands for. It is the essence of the Wendell Scott brand and underlines the sacrifices & challenges he went through to open doors for those that are underserved and under-privileged.
The Wendell Scott Foundation was founded in honor of Wendell Oliver Scott the first African American race car driver and Danville native. Donations are tax- deductible to the extent allowed by law.