The First Arab Woman to Reach International NASCAR Rally

Published February 17th, 2021 - 05:36 GMT
Toni Breidinger has made history for becoming the first Arab female in the race. (Twitter)
Toni Breidinger has made history for becoming the first Arab female in the race. (Twitter)
Toni Breidinger becomes first-ever Lebanese-American female to enter NASCAR rally.

A Lebanese-American female has made it to the NASCAR Cup Series becoming the first Arab female to participate in the rally. Toni Breidinger has received loads of support from other Arab females and social media users for taking part in such an important event.

The 21-year-old woman expressed self-confidence for joining in the 2021 ARCA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida on Saturday, Feb. 13th; she added that this is considered “the biggest race of her career.”

Not only social media users, international news websites, such as CNN international, People, and many other news outlets, have written about Breidinger’s victory describing her of making history for becoming the first Arab female in the race.

The driver spoke to CNN on being the first Arab American female driver to participate at Daytona International Speedway: "I'm honored and excited to be the first, but I don't want to be the last." She also said according to her team's Young’s Motorsports: "It's been one of my dreams to have the chance to race, and to have that dream come true is absolutely unreal."

Nevertheless, Breidinger celebrated gaining more than 1 million followers across her social media accounts as she has teamed up with multiple brands including, Head and Shoulders, Sunny D, Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS, Tory Burch, Sparco and Bell Helmets.

This year, Michael McDowell was announced the winner of the 2021 Daytona 500 victory, which is his first in the NASCAR Cup Series, after his competitives Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano collided on the final lap of the 63rd Great American Race.

NASCAR, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company as well as it is familiar for stock car racing. The privately owned company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948.

His son Jim France has been the CEO since August 6, 2018. Each year, NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, according to Wikipedia.

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