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  • Publishers Weekly on Racing While Black

    Publishers Weekly on Racing While Black

    February 11, 2010

    Simon described the book [Racing While Black] as critical of NASCAR and said it examines the problems Miller faced building a stock car racing team with his father; his struggles securing corporate sponsorships despite his team's successes and the inevitable problems dealing with bigoted fellow-drivers and fans in a traditionally all white sport. ... Simon said that the book even has “a surprise ending,” and said the book will provide a much-needed look at one of the few major American sports that seems closed to African Americans. “The Millers did a great deal for blacks in racing sports,” said Simon, “during years in which NASCAR itself wouldn't let black drivers in and even sympathetic black executives at General Motors and other car companies who wanted to support the Miller team would have to do so clandestinely. After a few years the persistence of the Millers posed enough of a threat that you started to see black drivers integrating other teams.”
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