On May 24, a pair of former University of Miami student-athletes participated in the fourth annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine in Concord, North Carolina.
Linebacker Terry McCray from the Hurricanes football team and women’s soccer player Dalanda Ouendeno competed for roles as tire changers, carriers and jackmen. This comes after McCray and Ouendeno took part in a regional combine at the University of Miami back in March and were two of only 12 student-athletes nationwide to be invited to Friday’s combine.
McCray, who hails from Pompano Beach, is a graduate of Blanche Ely High School and reached a bowl game with Hurricanes in every season during his career. Ouendeno is a native of Paris, France where she played for the Paris St. Germain (PSG) soccer club from 2009-15, won the Gothia Youth World Cup and the IberCup Portugal, and was part of five Isles of France championship teams.
The results of the combine will be announced later this summer, and if selected, Ouendeno and McCray will join the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program where they would spend six month training at Rev Racing with hopes of one day pitting for a national series team.