For the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), 2016 has been “The Year of Women”. According to the Indy Star, “female drivers have won six of this year’s 17 races [this year]…including wins by Alexis DeJoria and Leah Pritchett as well as the Force sisters” Not to be outdone, Antron Brown, the current Top Fuel points leader, is also the sport’s first African-American champion.
Terry Blount, vice president of public relations and communications. puts it subtly saying “Other motor sports have women that compete and are quite popular, but we like to say that we have women that win.” The NHRA has no diversity program, but states that it’s always been diverse. it’s in it’s core makeup.
“Wally Parks, a World War II Army veteran, founded the NHRA in Southern California in the 1950s with the “roots of getting kids off the street” and giving them “a controlled environment where they could race” as a safer alternative to hot-rod street racing, Blount said. Race and gender were nonfactors.” The NHRA may not be the most popular motor sport in America, but it definitely has the most support.