by Vashti 

 Tia Norfleet Fraud

2012 was Tia Norfleet’s coming out party. The 20-something from Georgia was featured in numerous national publications including: ESPN, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and our own BSO, where she was heralded as a pioneer as NASCAR’s first and only African-American female driver. Now the accolades and accomplishments that have been Norfleet’s claim to fame have been questioned in an article featured in the New York Times.

In speaking engagements and on her website Norfleet represents herself as an experienced driver in the sport that intends to compete this season in Nascar’s Nationwide Series, which is one notch below it’s top tiered Sprint Cup series. The only problem with this claim is that Norfleet isn’t licensed to compete at that level, and the only Nascar sanctioned race she has competed in was a low-level event last year at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA where she only completed one full lap before driving off and parking her car.

As more questions arose about the validity of Norfleet’s on track accomplishments questions have been raised about her reputation off of it. Public records indicate that Norfleet, whose full name is Shauntia Latrice Norfleet, has a criminal record in Virginia and Georgia where court documents show she was found guilty of assault and drug related offenses in 2005 and 2009. Norfleet stopped short of admitting to these in an interview.

“People make mistakes in their life and move forward and make a better way,” she said in a telephone interview. “I think things that I’ve done, people make mistakes, as a child, as a teen, and basically, it’s things that you may not be proud of but you move forward and you help others. And they may be in the same situation and you can relate and they can relate to you, and you help them as much as possible.”

In a response to the questioning of her validity Norfleet tweeted a picture of her stock car license (which is the affiliated with lowest level of stock-car and has no vetting process) and said this in an interview Monday.

“I’ve been racing in nonsanctioned races before. I’ve been racing forever. For as long as I can remember. I race in nonsanctioned races.”