Latasha Causey is the primary African-American feminine track president in NASCAR historical past.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Latasha Causey wasn’t a NASCAR fan rising up, which is unusual as a result of now it is her job.
“I always wanted to know like what it was about,” Causey mentioned. “NASCAR simply wasn’t essentially our factor after I was rising up.”
Causey grew up within the west Valley figuring out about Phoenix Raceway however by no means visiting it. She solely began changing into a NASCAR fan six years in the past.
Tuesday afternoon Phoenix Raceway introduced she was the new track president. The raceway mentioned she is the primary African-American feminine track president in NASCAR historical past.
“I got to know what was going on here at NASCAR and found out how incredible the experience is, how incredible the community is,” she mentioned.
She takes over Phoenix Raceway at a time when NASCAR goes by means of huge adjustments in inclusion, range and repute.
NASCAR solely banned the Confederate flag, which is extensively seen as a racist image, in 2020. But the final two years have additionally proven the league making an attempt to vary its picture.
“20 years ago, would I have seen myself in this position?” Causey said, “No, because I never saw anyone in this position like myself.”
“I’ll let you know while you stroll round right here, it is beginning to look completely different it does look completely different,” she mentioned.
Causey’s first weekend because the introduced subsequent head of the track is the largest within the NASCAR season. The NASCAR Cup Series Championship will likely be at Phoenix Raceway this weekend.
An estimated 51,000 folks will likely be at the sold-out race, with hundreds extra within the tenting areas.
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