Who is Toni Breidinger, the Female NASCAR Driver Who Created History at Daytona?

Published 02/27/2021, 6:00 AM EST
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)


On February 13, 21-year-old Toni Breidinger made her NASCAR debut in the ARCA Menards Series. In the process, she created history as the first Arab-American female driver to compete in the sport. She made an appearance at the Daytona International Speedway and finished 18th fastest.

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However, this wasn’t her first time at the track.

Breidinger said, “I went to that race last year just to go watch and I told myself, ‘I want to be racing here next year. So, that was a really big goal for me.”

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Safe to say, she is thrilled to have made a good impression on her debut. Truthfully speaking, the sky is the limit for the California native. Her ARCA career has only just begun, and she will have plenty of chances to prove her mettle. As a bonus, Breidinger gets a shot at top female honors against Gracie Trotter and Brittney Zamora.

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Apparently, the Young’s Motorsports driver cultivated a love for racing at a tender age. The Lebanese-American driver’s father took her and her twin sister go-karting when they were nine years old. As soon as she sat in the kart, she knew that a life of racing was in her path.

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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)

Needless to say, her skills prove it, as Breidinger won 19 United States Auto Club races. Last year, she managed to finish fourth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series.

It is also worth mentioning that aside from her ARCA gig, she is also competing part-time in the Truck Series. In both instances, Toni Breidinger will represent Young’s Motorsports. Of course, she will be on a high after her fine performance at Daytona and will want even more success.

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