“Training other females, I noticed something different with them,” Williams said. “They didn’t care that it was a very demanding position. They overlooked that, kept their head down and kept digging, and they’ve gotten so much better.”

Facing demanding situations is status quo for the women.

Daniels began playing basketball at 7 and three years later found herself the only girl on her twin brother’s recreational team. She lost her mother to breast cancer when she was in ninth grade. Daniels keeps her close by wearing her mother’s two tennis bracelets on her left arm, removing them only for pit practice.

Her father, an emergency room nurse, is concerned for his daughter’s safety, but knows she’s having fun and enjoying it. Daniels said her brother, Brehon, a running back for Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia, and 5-year-old sister Kennedy (her father remarried) are both proud of her.

“She really looks up to me and she’s always telling me how she’s going to play all of the sports that I play or have ever played,” said Daniels, who has the opportunity to become the first African-American woman to pit a car in a national racing series.

Daniels, who earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications, works part-time handling social media videos for Xcalibur. She aspires to become an actress. 

“I make videos and post them on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram,” said Daniels, who has written in a daily journal since she was 14. “I [also] make funny videos. I come up with skits involving myself, post them and everybody gets a laugh. One of my videos on YouTube had 6,000 views.”