Tiffany Daniels Scores Top Ten Finish In South African Race Adventure

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2010

SOUTH BOSTON, VA - OCTOBER 13:  Tiffany Daniels waits for her turn on the track during the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine at South Boston Speedway on October 13, 2008 in South Boston, Virginia.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Tiffany Daniels, who has been on the racing adventure of her life, scored a historic top ten finish in the "Freestate 500" Stock Car Race in South Africa.  Daniels ran in the top 13 for most of the race in her No. 19 SnowTheRacehorse.com Toyota.

At the halfway point, Daniels was up in the third position, behind her teammate Marc Davis.  Her best time was 37.384 and she finished the race in the seventh spot, a personal best for the young driver.

“What an amazing 207 laps—it took everything I had to give in the South African heat, and I did it," Daniels said.  "What a fantastic country and an historic race, and such a great tribute to Marc’s dad Harry Davis, patriarch of Marc Davis Motorsports—who passed away last week."

"He would be so proud of both of us."

Daniels' teammate Marc Davis also made history at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom, South Africa.  He dominated from the drop of the green flag, leading the pack from the second lap.

Davis, who is just 16-years-old, led for 24 laps and ran in the top five for 185 laps.  His best time was 36.501 in his No. 96 WHUR Howard University Radio/The Word Network Chevy and he finished in the third place overall on the podium.

“It was a great day overall for Marc Davis Motorsports cars—a solid top 7 finish for both of us," Davis said.  "We came up short at the end of the day, but we put on a great show and I had a blast here in South Africa."

“I definitely want to come back and win in the NEXT South African race," Davis continued.  "When they announce the next race, I’ll be the first in line to sign up!”

Daniels echoed her teammate's enthusiasm, with special pride for her accomplishments for both of them as drivers of diversity. 

"I'm so proud to be able to represent the United States, women, the next generation and the kids of the world," Daniels said.

"It shows you can achieve your dreams," Daniels continued.  "It's great to not only have a diverse team with different faces, but also to be able to back that up on the track."

"That's what racing is all about."


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