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Black History Month Celebrates Pioneer Tia Norfleet
Black History Month celebrates the accomplishments of Tia Norfleet, on August 4, 2012 at 7:06p.m., Tia Norfleet, made her racing debut at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia becoming the first African American female NASCAR driver.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. It is promoted as NASCAR's "minor league" circuit, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organization's "big leagues"; the Sprint Cup Series circuit. Nationwide Series races are frequently held in the same venue as, and a day prior to, the Sprint Cup race scheduled for that weekend, encouraging fans to attend both events.
The series was previously called the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series. In December 2006, NASCAR officials confirmed that Anheuser-Busch, parent company for Busch Beer, would not renew its sponsorship of NASCAR's No. 2 series after the end of the 2007 Season. On October 3, 2007, it was announced Nationwide Insurance would become the title sponsor beginning with the 2008 season.
ABOUT TIA NORFLEET
Tia Norfleet, the multi-talented, beautiful Suffolk, VA native is the daughter of 20 year veteran NASCAR driver, Bobby Norfleet. Tia started racing under her father’s tutelage at the age of 9 and has a true passion for the sport.
On the track Tia Norfleet boasts an impressive winning record racing cars. From 1995-2000 Tia started racing go karts with 22 top ten finishes, 6 top 5 finishes and 2 wins. She then moved up to the Bandoleros Series from 2000-2003 accumulating 3 top 10 finishes and 2 top 5 finishes. In 2004 Tia began racing in late model series with 18 starts and 2 top 15 place finishes. In the drag racing circuit she has amassed an impressive 52 starts with 37 wins.
Off track Tia has a literacy program called Driven 2 Read in which she is developing a platform to help inspire children to read. It is a merit based reading program designed to encourage young people to increase their reading proficiency through the power of motorsports. In 2012, she was a Brand Ambassador for Verizon Wireless’ Celebrating Your Story: Empowering Your Network, an initiative that highlights the social achievements of African Americans and allow them to inspire their networks through the use of technology and interactive social platforms. She is the Goodwill Ambassador to TIMOTCA, which stands for The International Museum of Twenty First Century Arts.
TIMOTCA is providing an avenue for artist from every corner of the globe -- A “United Nations of the Arts”, offering an unprecedented platform and a forum for the development of international programs promoting cultural understanding and peace. She is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) which is a unique collaborative initiative to address the problem of drug abuse in the African American community with each member organization contributing distinct intellectual content, practices and procedures for eradicating the deleterious societal effects of drug abuse.
Tia tours the country speaking at schools and universities promoting empowerment, through diversity and inclusion.
For booking and sponsorship information or for questions and comments about Tia Norfleet, contact her Agent, Allen L. Ellison at agentellison@
For media inquiries please contact her Publicist, Guernica D. Williams at guernica.williams@