Toni Breidinger is making history as a fresh face on the race track, recently becoming the first-ever Arab-American female driver to participate in a NASCAR national series.
At 21, Breidinger made her debut at the 2021 ARCA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, 13 February.
Speaking to arabamericannews.com, Breidinger revealed: “When I was 9, my dad took my sister and I to a go-kart track at Sonoma Raceway, just for fun.
“He never thought anything would come out of it. I did it a few times and just loved it.”
New Youtube video! From my first race at Daytona⚡️ https://t.co/TN1FY1BTXK
— Toni Breidinger (@ToniBreidinger) February 23, 2021
Breidinger’s father is a long-time racing enthusiast and a mechanical engineer, who bought her first go-kart knowing she was infatuated with them.
She went on to travel the country for go-kart races and won a few scholarships as a teenager.
Her dad was her mechanic/crew chief up until she got into stock racing and is now part of Young’s Motorsports team.
The organization has regarded their development with Breidinger as a step in the right direction to inspire young girls across the globe.
The rising star currently holds the record as a 19-time female United States Auto Club winner, and recently finished fourth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series in 2020 with DLP Motorsports.
Photo 1 Caption: Toni Breidinger pictured on the race track at the 2021 ARCA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, 13 February. Photo: Toni Breidinger (Instagram)