Benny Scott (1945–2009)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" William Benjamin Scott, known in the racing world as “The Professor” because of his other career as a college instructor and administrator, was a second-generation African American race car driver.  He was born on February 4, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. … Read MoreBenny Scott (1945–2009)

William T. [“Willy”] Ribbs, Jr. (1955- )

William “Willy” Theodore Ribbs, Jr. is the first African American to test-drive a Formula One car, the first African American to compete in the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana, and one of only a few African American NASCAR racers. Born January 3, 1955, in San Jose, … Read MoreWilliam T. [“Willy”] Ribbs, Jr. (1955- )

Dewey Gatson (AKA Rajo Jack DeSoto) (1905-1956)

Automobile racer Rajo Jack DeSoto was born Dewey Gatson on July 28, 1905 in Tyler, Texas. (Previously published biographies have incorrectly listed his racing name as Rojo Jack.) Rajo Jack was barred from racing in many organized venues because of his African American heritage, but … Read MoreDewey Gatson (AKA Rajo Jack DeSoto) (1905-1956)

William Alexander Lester (Bill), III (1961- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Veteran auto racer Bill Lester was born February 6, 1961, in Washington, D.C. Lester earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and worked at Hewlett-Packard for a year … Read MoreWilliam Alexander Lester (Bill), III (1961- )