Melissa Harville-Lebron became the first Black woman to own a NASCAR team, and she completed her first official race on February 18. CEO of W.M. Stone Enterprises and owner of E2 Northeast Motorsports, Lebron debuted her racing team as part of the Camping World Truck Series in Daytona. Her truck, No. 83, was driven by Scott Stenzel, and he finished in 15th place in E2’s first race. “15th is EXCELLENT for  1st run and no damage!” stated Harville.

Melissa described her experience as a first time as a “dream coming true.” She anticipated debuting a stock car at the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series, which led to her announcement of the creation of a motorcycle division in July 2017. “Our goal is to impact all forms of motorsports worldwide,” she wrote on her LinkedIn profile. E2 supports Black and Latino driver; two being Harville- Lebron’s son, Enico and Eric.

“It’s important for our culture to push generational wealth to our children. It’s important to lead by example. All too often our children see negative images of our culture and i think it’s very important for people of our culture actually succeeding in business,” Harville- Lebron told Black Enterprise.