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Breaking gender and color barriers at 180 mph

By Rhett Lewis


Tia Norfleet, the first and only African-American female to be licensed by NASCAR, will visit the Decatur campus on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Norfleet, a native of Suffolk, Va. who now resides in Augusta, Ga., has already enjoyed success in drag racing and late models and hopes to one day become a champion NASCAR driver.

“Around the age of 14 is when I really, really knew that this was what I wanted to do for a living; this was my passion,” she stated in an interview with the Huffington Post in May of 2011.

She was exposed to racing at a young age by her father, Bobby Norfleet, who is credited with helping race car driving gain traction with the African-American community in the ’90s.

Norfleet is also committed to giving back to the communities that have made her who she is today.

“We have adopted a theory of 20 percent on-track and 80 percent of what you do off-track,” Norfleet states on her official website.

She is currently active with the National African-American Drug policy Coalition and Drive to Read, among others.

The meet and greet will be in room F2100 from 2-3 p.m.

Please contact the Decatur campus Student Life Office at (678) 891-2740 for more information.



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