In this installment of Tiffany Daniels' "Adventures of a Female Race Car Driver," Tiff begins her great adventure to South Africa for the race. Yet she does so with a very heavy heart, due to the death of Harry Davis, her mentor, friend, and teammate's father.
Here is Tiffany's update as she waits in the airport to board her flight to South Africa:
"Our team was in full swing for South Africa preparations this past week—we had our team meeting, got the details with our charity worked out, gathered all the necessary parts and information— when Thursday I received word that Harry Davis had passed away early in the morning.
"Marc, my teammate and car owner through Marc Davis Motorsports, is Harry’s son. I can hardly express how much Harry meant to me. Besides being Marc’s father and biggest supporter, he was always a big supporter of my family and me, and everything we were trying to accomplish.
"He was someone I could call any time for advice and support, and he truly wanted everything to work out for me with my driving career, which is the main reason I am running in the No. 19 SnowTheRacehorse.com Toyota for Marc Davis Motorsports.
"There are so many things I wish I could say, but simply put, Harry was a one-of-a-kind, great man, and we will be doing our best to honor Harry in South Africa both on the track and off, and Marc and I are dedicating our races to him.
"Luckily for all of us, Harry did a great job making sure we were prepared for this trip. Right now I am sitting in the airport with my parents, Demi, Marc, Mike Herman Jr., Steven, and Marc’s camera guy.
"We all made it through security on-time and arrived in Atlanta from Charlotte safely. While we aren’t looking forward to the long flight to Johannesburg, we are all excited for the adventure.
"My brother, Cliff, and team member, Devyn, and the rest of the Marc Davis Motorsports team supplied by Spraker Racing, are all leaving tomorrow, so we will be meeting up with them at our hotel in Welkom, South Afrcia.
"Demi made a connection with a charity in South Africa that we will be working with and supporting while we are in South Africa, and when we return. The organization’s name is Ikamva Labantu, which mean “Future of Our Nation.”
"Ikamva Labantu is an umbrella body with a network of over 1,000 projects working with and assisting various sectors of the South African population— children, youth, families, seniors, and those physically challenged— to be economically independent.
"Ikamva is the parent nonprofit of Relate Bracelets, which is the area of the charity where we will be focusing. The bracelets are made by local women, seniors, and the physically challenged in Capetown, South Africa and sold around the world.
"The Relate Bracelet consists of beads woven together with the “R” pewter tag to symbolize respect, responsibility, and recognizing the plight of others. I will be wearing a Relate Bracelet and it will also have another bead with an inspirational saying.
"For roughly $4 you will be able to buy one, and the donation will go 100 percent towards feeding South African families. Two bracelets made equal a loaf in bread in wages to the workers.
"We will let you know how to support this wonderful cause, so please stay tuned! I will also be sending more updates as Internet is available, so until then, wish us luck!