Drive for Diversity drivers talk race and gender in NASCAR
In a world where
That's where NASCAR's Drive For Diversity program comes in. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to give opportunities to female, African-American, and other minority drivers who might not otherwise get that chance to succeed. The first six years have brought marginal success, with only
Can their success provide the spark their sagging sport has been looking for? Is it fair for them to be giftwrapped good equipment in an era when money makes or breaks a racing career? And can Danica's success -- or lack thereof -- affect their future plans to move up the ranks?
But again, you gotta let that stuff blow over your head. You're going to be called a cheater. People are going to say what they're going to say. You just have to keep moving on and just keep moving forward.
There's not one of us that aren't thankful or blessed we're [a part of this].
I work on my car every day.
But with her, it's because she's a female, that's why they're criticizing the good and the bad. And that's fine, because it doesn't matter what level you're at; we still get criticized, the good and the bad. And we're not even in Nationwide. So you just have to take it with a grain of salt. She's doing a good job, and we admire her, knowing we want to be in her place someday.
I'm rooting for myself. But would I like to see females in an up-and-coming NASCAR series? Yes, of course. I think it's going to be great for the drivers, and great for everybody else.
I think people put that pressure on her, and that wasn't necessary, because every female driver, every male driver is different. And just because one person struggles, or one person succeeds doesn't mean everyone will. And I think what this program does -- everyone says, "Aren't you pro-female because you're a female?" No ... I'm equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of their race or gender. I don't think that because she's a female, I'm going to root for her, because he's male, I'm going to root for him, because he's African-American, I'm going to root for him ... I want people who deserve to be in the sport to be given the opportunity to be in the sport. If they love it, and they want it, and they're willing to work for it, it should not matter where they come from, what color they are, or what gender they are.