Dec. 1, 1963: In mid-November, NHRA Top Fuel's Antron Brown made history by becoming the first black driver to win a major auto racing title.
And this day 49 years ago brought another breakthrough for minorities in motorsports, as Wendell Scott -- the first black man to drive regularly in what is now NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series -- became the first African-American to win on the circuit.
His historic victory -- at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla. -- came against the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson and more top drivers. Only it wasn't recognized at the time; opponent Buck Baker even took the checkered flag before NASCAR ruled that Scott hadn't been given credit for two laps he had driven. The trophy, too, wasn't given to Scott -- it was controversially misplaced that day and not sufficiently replaced until 2010, when the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame gave a replica to the late Scott's family (he died in 1990).
Fourteen years after Scott's one and only win -- and nine after Scott finished sixth overall in points -- Richard Pryor played him in the film "Greased Lightning."
Scott remains the only black man to win a top-level NASCAR race. But as Brown proves, he's not the only one making waves in motorsports.