‘Driven’: Pioneering Black NASCAR Driver Wendell Scott Profiled by StoryCorps (Video)

by: Joseph On  Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I don’t know how many Black History Month festivities or observances NASCAR has planned this year, but hopefully it involves Wendell Scott, the first African American driver ever to race in a NASCAR premier series event, which he did back in 1963. But even if NASCAR fails to honor Scott, he’s still the subject of Driven, a cool animated profile from StoryCorps.

Driven briefly covers Wendell Scott’s career from the time it began in the heart of the Jim Crow south (where in one race he was barred from victory due to the post-race tradition of the winner kissing a white beauty queen) all the way up to 2015, when he posthumously became the first black NASCAR driver to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Assisting in the telling are Wendell’s son Frank and grandson Warrick.

You can check out Wendell Scott’s animated NASCAR tribulations in Driven below, and for more from StoryCorps head over to their official YouTube channel right here.

Here’s the video: