Nicole DeQuina had never been to a NASCAR race in her life. But the University of Houston student couldn’t ask for a better experience than she received Sunday.
DeQuina and her father received VIP treatment at the AAA Texas 500, as she was one of four NASCAR Diversity Scholarship winners. NASCAR and Chevrolet partner to support the program.
“It’s been amazing,” said DeQuina, who won with study and a video about SAFER barrier walls. “It’s a huge venue and me and my dad, it’s a great bonding experience for us. We’re really enjoying it.”
Students were asked to submit 90-second videos on different aspects of the sport, and DeQuina earned second place and a $5,000 scholarship.
Rachel Frost of James Madison University won first prize, a $10,000 scholarship, with a video on the physics of drafting. Michael Sanchez of Florida A&M and Joy Kaseke of BYU each received $2,500 scholarships.
“We want to inspire the future generation who will continue to do this,” said Alba Colon, Chevrolet’s program manager for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “We want to continue advancing and help the next generation get involved in the sport.”