Sister of Claire Decker, Paige, also joined NASCAR at about the same time. Decker was named as a NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver in 2014. Previously she became the first woman and rookie to win the TUNDRA Super Late Model Tour at the Golden Sands Speedway event. Although she did a bit better than her sister at the whole NASCAR experience, her time in the sport was also brief and ended in the same year as well.
The two sisters were joined by their cousin, Natalie Decker, who also succeeded to get into the NASCAR races through their Drive for Diversity program. unfortunately for Paige, Natalie was the strongest one of the three family members and is racing to this day.
Sara Christian - First Female NASCAR Driver
Think about being a professional NASCAR driver at a time where women were expected to just be stay at home moms. For Sara Christian, this was not an option. She spent ages working hard to become the world’s first female NASCAR driver. In 1949, she was the first female NASCAR driver who competed for six out of eight events during her first and only full year.
Christian received the United States Drivers Association Woman Driver of the Year award. By 1949, she drove her Ford at the Charlotte Speedway and finished at 13th place. She raced for a total of two years, starting in 1949 and ending her racing career in 1950. Later in 2004, Sara Christian was inducted into the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame.
Erin Crocker - Best Newcomer
Erin Crocker was on the race tracks at just 7 years old and was already winning Mini Sports competitions by the time she hit her teens. When Crocker transitioned into professional racing, her first race was the World of Outlaws. She was soon noticed after winning five races. These victories earned a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Outstanding Newcomer Award.
In 2006, she began racing full-time for NASCAR. Crocker's record includes over 39 races in both stock car and truck races. Crocker is currently married to former auto racing crew chief Ray Evernham, who was her ex-boss and team owner. She has since retired from racing and became a broadcaster for SPEED in 2008.
Tia Norfleet - Drag Race Queen
Shauntia Latrice "Tia" Norfleet is one of America's leading African-American race car drivers. As the daughter of former NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet, she had already revealed an interest in the racing profession from the age of seven. Tia has said that she began competing in kart racing events at age 14. Naturally, by 24 she was already racing in entry-level Bandolero competitions.
After that, Norfleet became the world's first African-American driver to obtain a NASCAR racing license. With all that said, there have been some questionable things throughout her career. According to a 2013 article in the New York Times, Norfleet has several discrepancies in her claims. First, Tia never actually raced in NASCAR.
Shannon McIntosh - 2011 USF2000 National Championship
Despite being only 30, Shannon McIntosh debuted just a few years ago. McIntosh has already managed to acquire herself a few notable victories. Her two best finishes were both in the eighth place: one in the 2011 USF2000 National Championship and another one in the same series. She recently joined the popular Shark Tank billionaire, Mark Cuban, to help him with his new app, Cyber Dust.
Outside of racing, McIntosh regularly writes for eBay Motors Blog and was lately been named “Someone to Watch” and a racing Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. We’re surely looking to see more of what this gifted and dedicated driver does with her career, both in terms of racing and in her business endeavors.