Woman makes history in NASCAR while helping sons achieve their dream

- Melissa Harville-Lebron, balances life as a single mother of seven, careers in the fashion and music industry, all while making history in NASCAR. 

One morning in April, Lebron walked alone in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, taking in the history of the sport and hoping that one day she will be remembered amongst "the greats".

Lebron is already making an impact in the sport as the first African-American woman to own a competitive race team in NASCAR. 

"My initial introduction to it...I was aware of the lack of diversity in the sport and my curiosity grew, and I just took on more of an interest where I wanted to see why exactly there weren't any people of color in NASCAR. Let alone an owner or really even drivers," Lebron explained. 

Lebron is now the owner of E2 Northeast Motorsports, a team based in Upstate New York that is not only making history because of its own owner, but also because it's the first multicultural team to race competitively in NASCAR.

"Its a lot of responsibility. We're very enthusiastic about the future of NASCAR. They've been incredibly supportive, but we look forward to having a bright and successful future," Lebron said.

E2 Northeast Motorsports consists of four drivers; two in the camping world truck series, and two in NASCAR's Whelan All-American Series. Those two are Lebron's sons, Eric and Enico.

"They were so enthusiastic about it, they kind of like drug me along. I kind of fell into this because I wanted to help them set up their dream," she said. 

And that's what keeps Lebron going, despite having to balance her many business ventures and parenting duties. It's the idea that she can help her children achieve their dreams and maybe one day get all their names enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

 

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