Toni Breidinger is making history as she becomes the first Arab-American female driver to compete in a NASCAR national series, after she made her debut at Daytona International Speedway.
Breidinger, who is of Lebanese descent, made her debut in the 2021 stock car competition ARCA Menards Series and the Nascar Camping World Truck Series, which took place at Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Saturday.
Breidinger is also a 19-time United States Auto Club race winner, which is considered to be the most ever for a woman. Recently, she also finished fourth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series with racing team DLP Motorsports.
This season, Breidinger will compete in the ARCA Menards Series stock car competition and NASCAR’s pickup truck competition.
According to an interview with Paper Magazine, Breidinger has been driving since she was only 9 years old, crediting her father for sparking her passion for racing after taking her and her sister go-karting for fun. “As soon as I got into a go-kart for my first time, I was like, ‘I want to be a race car driver,'” she said.
In another interview with CNN, she said “I hope I can pave the way for future female Arab drivers as well.”