August 29 Birthday: RACING AGAINST THE ODDS: THE STORY OF WENDELL SCOTT, STOCK CAR RACING’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHAMPION


Wendell Scott, stock car racer
August 29, 1921-December 23, 1990

Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric A. Velasquez (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2009)

Scott’s foot was on the pedal of his family’s car well before he was old enough to get a license. At 14 he bought his first car. He began racing in 1947 and in 1963 was the first and only African-American to win a NASCAR race.

The Wendell Scott Foundation offers information about Scott, a historical timeline and more.

July 31 Birthday: Louise Smith. FEARLESS


Louise Smith, race car driver
July 31, 1916-March 4, 2006

Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Scott Dawson (Dutton, 2010)

“Fast! Faster! Flying! Free!” These words epitomize Smith’s drive to race. She didn’t follow the old rules that said women shouldn’t race cars–she created new ones—and ended up in the winner’s circle.

An inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame, Smith is featured on their site.

July 31 Birthday: FEARLESS: THE STORY OF RACING LEGEND LOUISE SMITH

Louise Smith, race car driver
b. July 31, 1916
d. March 4, 2006

FEARLESS: THE STORY OF RACING LEGEND LOUISE SMITH
(Dutton, 2010)
by Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Scott Dawson

Summary: “Fast! Faster! Flying! FREE!” When Louise Smith started to race cars, most women weren’t even allowed to drive. Her first wild adventure behind the wheel of her daddy’s Model T Ford taught her the thrill of driving fast and fearlessly. She followed her heart and paved the way for women in racing. The fast paced story of a true sports pioneer.

Learn more about Louise Smith on the Legends of Nascar website.