Melissa Harville-Lebron, 47, started her career in the music industry and working for the Department of Corrections. One day she took her sons to a NASCAR race as a ploy to discourage them from driving. The experience actually had the opposite effect on the family as a whole. Harville-Lebron would soon become the first African-American woman to own a national level team in NASCAR’s Camping World Trucks Series.
Harville-Lebron tells Black Enterprise that:
“She took her sons to a NASCAR experience event at Charlotte Super Speedway in hopes of deterring them from taking up such a dangerous hobby. Instead, the experience only piqued her sons’ interests and eventually led to her investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her own team.”