Female NASCAR Star Toni Breidinger Opens Up on Family’s Contribution to Her Racing Career

Published 04/07/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
BROWNSBURG, IN – MAY 26: Toni Breidinger (80) Breidinger Motorsports driver prepares for the Carb Night Classic United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Champ Car Series 100-lap feature, Friday, May 26, 2017, on Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. (Photo by David Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Arab-American driver Toni Breidinger made history when she made her ARCA Menards Series debut at Daytona. During that race, she banged in a respectable performance to finish in 18th place. The 21-year-old is also competing part-time in the NASCAR Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports.

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Recently, the youngster spoke about a variety of subjects pertaining to herself. Among them, she spoke about how she first got into the racing scene. Toni Breidinger said, “When I was nine, my dad took me to a go-kart track for fun at Sonoma Raceway. I just fell in love with it, my first day out, they gave me the nickname ‘Hot Shoes’ because they thought I was so fast.”

According to her, her passion for racing and motivation came from her parents. It was also interesting to note that her twin sister Annie also raced until she decided to pursue a college degree.

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What to expect from Toni Breidinger in 2021

Admittedly, not much is known about when Breidinger will make her Truck Series debut. She will be behind the wheel of the #82 truck when the Young’s Motorsports team makes the announcement.

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MADISON, IL – JUNE 22: Toni Breidinger (20) Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry smiles as she talks with her crew before the start of the practice session for the ARCA Racing Series PapaNicholas Coffee 150 on June 22nd, 2018, at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)to

Since then, Breidinger has transitioned from the dirt arena to tearing up the asphalt. Quite recently, the Arab-American racer finished fourth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series in 2020 with DLP Motorsports. When she does make her eventual Truck Series debut, it will truly be a special moment for the young woman.

Unfortunately, that long-awaited debut will not be at the Richmond Raceway in Virginia. However, there are plenty of other venues where she could make her maiden Truck start. The only question that now remains is, when will fans be able to see the 21-year-old mix it up with the big boys.

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