The first black female Nascar driver sits down with HoopsVibe to discuss racing, hoops, and Danica.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call:
Tia Norfleet is used to racing with the boys and overcoming obstacles. Tia's the first African American female Nascar driver and proud to carry on her family racing tradition. Her father Bobby Norfleet raced for Nascar before Tia came along to carry on the family tradition.
HV: What got you into racing? We know your father is Bobby Norfleet, so was it just being around the track all the time?
Tia: Yeah, I was just around the track a lot as a kid. My dad raced and pretty soon I wanted to do it too.
HV: How'd that go?
Tia: Well, he was pretty protective of me at first. Eventually, he became really supportive of the idea when he saw I was serious about it and put his career on the back burner. Today, he's my biggest supporter.
HV: You're the first African American female Nascar drive. Tell us about that.
Tia: Well, I'm abviously black and I'm obviously a female, but really I'm just a driver. I've gotten a lot of support along the way. That's what makes it possible.
HV: There is another women racer that's been making a lot of noise. What are your thoughts on Danica breaking a lot of similar barriers in Nascar?
Tia: Hats off to Danica. She's making women look good in the sport.
HV: Who would win in a race between you and Danica?
Tia: I have to say me of course.
HV: Of course. Now, HoopsVibe is a basketball site, so who' your team?
Tia: After last yera, I'm liking Oklahoma and Miami.
HV: Wait a second, that was the finals. Have you always liked them or did you just hop on?
Tia: I grew up following the Bulls and Mordan and all those guys, but this playoffs Miami just won me over.
HV: Who's your favorite player?
Tia: Kobe, Rondo, Wade, Garnett. I like a lot of players.
HV: Would you ever date an NBA player.
Tia: Actually, I have a significant other right now.
HV: Do you have any upcoming races or events people can check you out at?
Tia: They can always keep up with me at www.TiaNorfleet34.com.
Photo Credits: Tia Norfleet