(CNN)Winning is everything, and for some it means making history.
In America's biggest motorsport, women and ethnic minorities are smashing barriers in their pursuit of NASCAR glory -- traditionally dominated by white men behind the wheel.
Female driver Kenzie Ruston and African-American driver Dylan Smith were selected to join Rev Racing's Drive for Diversity (D4D) team, which gives talented drivers from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to compete.
'I've beaten a lot of guys driving like a girl'
Ruston is nothing short of competitive -- and the Oklahoma-born 23-year-old has to be if she wants to make it big in a high-octane sport that sees racers battle it out on oval tracks for hours at a time in front of delirious fans.
While Danica Patrick is one of the most famous female drivers on the circuit -- winn