Former Cleveland Cavaliers player and ESPN NASCAR race analyst, Brad Daugherty, is the first African-American owner of a NASCAR team in the sport’s top series, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
The 42-year-old North Carolina native announced that he has become a partner in JTG Racing. JTG/Daugherty Racing will have a Sprint Cup Series ride in 2009 with driver Marcus Ambrose.
“I’m proud that I’m the first African-American owner at this level,” Daugherty said. “I co-founded NASCAR’s Diversity council about 15 years ago, and a lot of people have spent a lot of time to make this sport more inclusive. I hope this will open some doors for more minorities to become involved in this great sport. I love NASCAR and I’m ready to go racin’.”