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Racing While Black: How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCARby Leonard T. Miller
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Miller throws the restrictor plate away for this race. He takes you to the red line.--Bobby Gerhart, five-time winner of the ARCA Daytona 200
Starting a NASCAR team is hard work. Starting a NASCAR team as an African American is even harder. These are just a few of the lessons learned by Leonard T. Miller during his decade and a half of running an auto racing program. Fueled by more than the desire to win, Miller made it his goal to create opportunities for black drivers in the vastly white, Southern world of NASCAR. His forthcoming book chronicles the travails of selling marketing plans to skeptics and scraping by on the thinnest of budgets, as well as the triumphs of speeding to victory and changing the way racing fans view skin color. With his father--former drag racer and longtime team owner Leonard W. Miller--along for the ride, Miller journeys from the short tracks of the Carolinas to the boardrooms of the Big Three automakers to find out that his toughest race may be winning over the human race.
Leonard T. Miller is a second-generation African American auto racing team owner. He has fielded teams in NASCAR and open-wheel racing.
Andrew Simon is a senior editor at ESPN The Magazine. His writing has appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, VIBE, and Complex.
Follows the achievements of the black-owned NASCAR Miller Racing team and their efforts to promote black drivers.
Table of Contents
Like Father-- — Finding Jackie — Concord — Starting our engine — "Do all these places accept MasterCard?" — Flip the switches — almost sponsored — Chasing the check — "Wendell! Wendell! Wendell!" — Shot callers — A white driver? — A new hope — The beginning of the end — Champions — A brief history of Black achievements in motorsports.
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