The Picture Book Will Be Published in Collaboration with the Wendell Scott Foundation
(August 29, 2023) Oni Press, the multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winning publisher of comic books and graphic novels, is publishing BORN DRIVEN, an uplifting children’s book by Saxton Moore Jr. and Nolwe Azul Tamis, based on the true story of the first African American NASCAR champion Wendell Scott. BORN DRIVEN will be published in collaboration with the Wendell Scott Foundation and available in stores this November.
Bold pioneer. Fearless driver. Skilled mechanic. Devoted family man. World War II veteran. Danville, Virginia, native Wendell Scott was all of those things and much more. He faced many challenges in his racing career, running on a shoestring budget and never being sponsored. His genius and perseverance led him to become the first African American team owner and driver to compete full time and win in NASCAR. He is the only African American to be inducted into both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
BORN DRIVEN is based on real events that took place during Wendell Scott’s childhood. Like many other kids, Wendell Scott had a big dream: to become a race car driver. He loved to race anything and everything! Although he faced many difficulties as an African American boy in the South, Wendell had the willpower to overcome these obstacles.
Said Saxton Moore Jr., “I became inspired by the true story of race car driver Wendell Scott. Through all his adversity he never wavered from his “Never give up” mentality and worked hard to pursue his dreams. This motivated me to share his stories and adventures as I followed my passion for becoming a writer. I hope that Born Driven ignites readers to be tenacious in driving their dreams across the finish line.”
“Through reading BORN DRIVEN, young readers can better understand how persistence and willpower can overcome challenges and learn a bit about a real-life historical figure along the way,” said Oni Press editor Grace Scheipeter.
BORN DRIVEN will be available in stores on November 28, 2023.
David Steward II’s Polarity (the parent company of both Oni Press and movie and TV studio Lion Forge Entertainment) inked a deal with Scott 34 Racing in 2021, creating Wendell Scott Ventures to introduce the iconic and groundbreaking life and legacy of Wendell Scott to audiences through films, TV series, docu-series, digital content, games, books, and more through an extensive multi-platform engagement.
“Wendell Scott is an iconic figure in the world of sports and NASCAR racing” said Lion Forge Animation CEO David Steward II. “The publication of BORN DRIVEN is the next step in sharing his story with an even wider audience, so that his life can continue to inspire, for generations to come.”
About Saxton Moore Jr.
Saxton Moore Jr. grew up in Richmond, Virginia. At a young age Saxton loved to create stories which he would share to his classmates in school. BORN DRIVEN is his debut book.
About Nolwe Azul Tamis
Nolwe Azul Tamis is a twenty-three-year-old Argentine concept artist, background designer, and illustrator, aspiring to be an art director. Interested in drawing from a very young age, he studied at the
UNLP Fine Arts Baccalaureate School and, complemented by his self-directed training, he began his professional career as an independent illustrator at age fourteen. He has participated in several renowned events, including the Night of the Cartoonists (2017) and the Hack Mafiz at the Malaga Film Festival (2021-2022). For more information on Nolwe’s work, visit https://nolwetamis.wixsite.com/portfolio.
About the Wendell Scott Foundation
The Wendell Scott Foundation, founded and run by Wendell Scott’s grandson Warrick F Scott, is a national, not-for-profit 501c3 established to commemorate the memory of the first African American race car driver to win the Grand National–NASCAR’s highest level–Wendell Scott. The Wendell Scott Foundation works to provide youth services to at-risk youth from eight to eighteen years old. The foundation supports educational development through cultural activities, STEM based programs, and mentorship endeavors.
About Oni Press
The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group is a premier comic book and graphic novel publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Merged with Lion Forge Comics in 2019 but established in 1997, Oni Press publishes a thoughtfully curated line of award-winning original and licensed graphic novels and comic books for readers of all ages. Notable titles from the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group include: The Tea Dragon Society, Sheets, Gender Queer, A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, Scott Pilgrim, and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™.