On Saturday, May 17, we caught up with 38-year-old Antron Brown, who became the first African American NHRA (National Hod Rod Association) world champ and the first African American driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship title in 2012.

Before qualifying for his recent race at The Atlanta Dragway, Brown took some time to talk one-on-one with the editor of JeffCars.com, Jeff Fortson, revealing how he got turned onto the sport, what drives him and what he would like his legacy to be. Brown’s interview is sure to inspire you, as it did with the editor. Brown’s interview should remind all of us that we can conquer and succeed in any field, or for that matter, in anything we are passionate about.

By the way, in case you were wondering, Brown placed number two in the Top Fuel race while in Georgia. He was only 7 points shy from winning. And ironically, less than 24 hours earlier before securing the interview, Brown’s engine exploded as he crossed the finish line. Thank God Brown was uninjured in the incident. To see the horrific race and more photos with Brown, click here.

Jeff Fortson is an auto analyst and editor of a car-buying website for women and minorities. To learn more about his popular car-buying workshop and/or to price a new-vehicle, drive on over to JeffCars.com. Follow him @ Twitter/JeffCars.

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