Tiffany Daniels is one of NASCAR's up and coming female racers, participating in the Drive for Diversity Program and the Camping World Series East.
She has recently been invited to race in South Africa and contacted Bleacher Report to share her personal diary as she makes her most exciting trip to South Africa, representing herself and her country in one of the world's most prestigious races.
The following is Tiffany's first installment from her diary as she and her team prepare themselves and the car for the big trip across the world.
Stay tuned for regular updates right here on Bleacher Report as Tiff shares her exciting South Africa racing adventures:
A few short weeks ago, I received a phone call from Dennis Huth, the President of ASA, inviting me to drive in the ASA Transcontinental Series Freestate 500 on January 31, 2010 in Welkom, South Africa. What a great opportunity!
My invitation to enter the event was the result of Harry Davis, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Marc Davis’ dad and manager, deciding that I would be a good candidate to drive the second entry for Marc Davis Motorsports in the race as a teammate to Marc, and I was quick to jump at the chance.
Since that phone call, there has been a whirlwind of activity as we worked to get the race cars ready to leave for South Africa. They had to be ready to ship approximately six weeks before the race because it is such a long trip.
The Spraker Racing team had the cars at their shop in Mooresville, NC, and we all had to come together to get the cars prepared.
Preparing a race car for an event like South Africa takes quite a bit of time, from installing the engine and transmission to setting the car up to race with the proper suspension settings to fitting the seat.
Luckily, Jeff Spraker and his team were willing to work long hours over the past week and we were able to help them with most of the tasks.
Besides Spraker Racing, I also have to thank Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and D’Hondt Motorsports for letting us borrow some of the parts we needed to complete the cars.
Both cars were loaded on a container today that will be transported to Charleston, SC and then shipped to South Africa. The containers will then be transported to the racetrack and we will work out of the containers as we would our haulers for a regular race.
We won’t see the cars again until we arrive in South Africa in January for the race!
In the meantime, I still have work to do before the race with media and marketing/PR.
I gave an interview on the Kickin’ Asphalt radio show last night, I have another interview Saturday morning with In the Pits radio, and one next Tuesday with The NASCAR Insider.
On a side note, Saturday will be a meaningful and fun day as we are hosting our second annual Toys for Tots event at the Charlie Daniels Racing shop in Smithfield, VA and trying to surpass the number of toys we collected last year!