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Norma "Dusty" Brandel

  • Awarded: 2018
  • Position:Media

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Hometown

Burbank, CA

Born

09/29/1934

Died

02/27/2022

Norma “Dusty” Brandel became the first woman to report from inside the NASCAR garage at Ontario Motor Speedway in 1972.

Her career in motorsports journalism started in 1955 as a writer for the Hollywood Citizen-News and early in her career, Brandel covered sports car races throughout Southern California. She eventually worked in press information at Southern California tracks, including the now-defunct Riverside International Raceway. She received the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Angelo Angelopolous Award in 2001. Brandel served as president of AARWBA and was a board member of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.