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Willy T. Ribbs Endorses Children's Racing History Book by Mark Dill

Auto Racing legend Willy T. Ribbs today endorsed Mark Dill's first children's book, "The Legend of the First Super Speedway." Dill based the new book on his original historical novel of the same name. Ribbs wrote the forward to that book, released in 2020. Not only did Ribbs race in the Indianapolis 500, but he also became the first and only African American to test a Formula One racer.
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Racing pioneer Willy T. Ribbs is part of a growing effort to make the sport more inclusive.

Dave Faries here, considering the faces of auto racing. In this country, as well as on the global Formula 1 circuit, they are primarily white and male—and always have been. For an answer as to why, I turned to the legendary driver Willy T. Ribbs. In his day he took the wheel of just about any race car, becoming the first Black driver to run the Indianapolis 500 and the first to test an F1 car. He drove stock cars and won 17 times in the Trans Am series. “I didn’t drive Pike’s Peak and I didn’t drive drag racing,” he says; it’s easier to list his didn’t than dids. More importantly, Ribbs was recently named F1’s Ambassador of Diversity and Inclusion.
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