This podcast episode was first presented in January 2015 to honor Wendell Scott, the first African American inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Wendell started driving professionally in 1952, toward the end of the Jim Crow era. His family members served as his racing team (his sons worked as his pit crew), and they traveled with him to speedways across the country from their home in Danville, Virginia, as he became the first African American to win races at NASCAR’s elite major league level.
Wendell Scott died in 1990 at the age of 69, and one of his sons, Frank, and his grandson, Warrick, came to StoryCorps to remember him.
We also released an animation based on the conversation between Frank and Warrick. “Driven,” which you can watch below, was directed by Julie Zammarchi and first screened this week at the NASCAR Hall of Fame High Octane Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina.