At seven years old, Nicole Lyons was fleeing the police at drag races. She builds engines. She builds cars. And she drives a gorgeous red ’66 Chevelle.
The first woman to compete in both NHRA drag racing and NASCAR in one race season, it’s no wonder she’s Royal Purple‘s “Outperformer.”
Carrying on the spirit of her father, who started her on her path but passed away the week of her season opener, Nicole tells her inspiring story in the motor oil brand’s new commercial/mini-doc. Enjoy below.
Watch: 2013 Royal Purple Outperformer – Nicole Lyons
As of June 4, 2013, Nicole is the first African-American woman to finish a NASCAR Whelen Series race, has finished all four races, and became the first African-American woman to qualify in the Top 10.
The pro drag racer is also the first African-American woman to race NHRA Top Sportsman at speeds over 200 mph. Keep up with Nicole’s progress on Facebook.