ESPN To Air Film On Black NASCAR Pioneer Wendell Scott

By Marcus Vanderberg Comment

As part of ESPN’s Black History Month coverage, the network will air Wendell Scott: A Race Story.

The film is about Wendell Scott, the first and only African-American to win a race in NASCAR’s top series. It airs Sunday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, hours after the 53rd annual Daytona 500.

The docudrama was produced by the NASCAR Media Group in conjunction with ESPN Films and Max Siegel Inc.

“Wendell Scott’s legacy will live on forever as the man who broke NASCAR’s color barrier and whose courage and bravery paved the way for minorities to pursue careers in the world of motorsports,” said Paul Brooks, senior vice president of NASCAR and president of NASCAR Media Group. “This film will help preserve that legacy by telling the story of his historic ride and the positive impact his contributions are still having on the sport today.”

The film airs on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m. ET, just hours after the scheduled running of the 53rd annual Daytona 500.

Scott, known as the Jackie Robinson of motorsports, broke the color barrier in Southern stock car racing on May 23, 1952, at the Danville Fairgrounds Speedway.

“Wendell Scott faced overwhelming challenges throughout his life and as a pioneer in his sport,” said John Dahl, executive producer, ESPN Films. “The film captures his strong sense of determination and honor with a poignant look at his struggles as well as an examination of his legacy.”