Wendell Scott NASCAR race car new artifact in Driven to Win: Racing in America exhibit

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With the 2021 NASCAR Cup season off to a roaring start, stock car fans are excited for the action to come.  Fans and visitors who come to the new Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors will have a chance to experience more of that excitement with a selection of NASCAR stock cars that will be part of this permanent exhibition.

The latest addition to the exhibit is a Holman Moody-built, 1966 Ford Galaxie that ties directly to Black History Month – it was driven by Wendall Scott, the first African American to compete full-time in NASCAR’s premier series, and the first to win a top-level race.  The car is on loan to The Henry Ford from Hajek Motorsports.

Breaking barriers, Scott fought limited resources and outright discrimination throughout his career, but he still had nearly 500 starts; 147 top-10 finishes (more than 25-percent of the races he entered); and an impressive 20 top-five finishes from 1961 to 1973.  Scott was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.

“There’s no question that NASCAR stock car racing has risen to be the most popular form of racing in America today,” said Matt Anderson, curator of transportation, The Henry Ford.  “So it was important to us, as we designed this exhibition, to make sure NASCAR was well represented, not just in terms of cars, but with vehicles that were significant to the history of the sport.”

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