Cliff Daniels Ready To Get Dirty In "Vegas to Reno" Off-Road Event Virginia Driver Joins Sister For Longest Off-Road Race In The United States SMITHFIELD, VA (August 14, 2008) - Cliff Daniels has always worked well with his sister Tiffany ...
Cliff Daniels Ready To Get Dirty In "Vegas to Reno" Off-Road Event
Virginia Driver Joins Sister For Longest Off-Road Race In The United States
SMITHFIELD, VA (August 14, 2008) - Cliff Daniels has always worked well with his sister Tiffany Daniels as a team in their racing careers, whether it be working as part of the pit crew while the other sibling makes their laps, or getting to join forces on the track together. On August 21st, the two experienced asphalt drivers' teamwork will be put to the test in a whole new way as they head out west for their first off-road venture.
"Vegas to Reno" Best in the Desert Off-Road Event is like nothing either Daniels sibling has experienced before. Cliff Daniels will get to co-drive with his sister and one other teammate in Jerry Moskel's Ford F250 on a nearly 500-mile course, making it the "longest off-road race in the United States."
"This is a great opportunity. If it hadn't have been for Jerry (Moskel, team owner) being so generous to think of Tiffany in the first place for being a driver, this never would've come about for me," said Cliff. "I feel like I was put in a really great position to be able to have the opportunity to navigate for Tiffany, as she was originally scheduled to be one of three drivers to race. Then, it just so happened that I was given the opportunity to be one of the drivers, so, of course, I'm really looking forward to it."
Before being asked to be one of the three drivers on the team, Cliff was planning on attending the event to navigate for his sister. After the offer to co-drive came across him, he decided that he could handle being both a navigator and driver; his skill in one job possibly even benefiting the other.
"I think that starting off navigating will help when I drive. When I first get in the truck, I will be scheduled to navigate for several checkpoints," explained Cliff. "Then when it's time for me to hop in the truck and drive, the experience that I will get navigating will help me relate to following the map and understanding how Tiffany is directing us."
Cliff is using this opportunity as both a learning experience and a chance to have fun in such an unusual event. As a driver, he has set some realistic goals along with his teammates.
"Our over-all goal in this is undoubtedly going to be to finish the race. We've seen many types of racing like this before," said Cliff. "Even something that would relate to us would be driving on a road course in a stock car. The drivers who can keep their cars on course and out of trouble will finish the race and finish well. I think the same would apply to this race if we can stay out of harm's way. I know we have a very well prepared truck to be driving, so we don't expect any kind of mechanical failures; although you never know what could happen. If we can stay clean, avoid trouble, and finish the race, we hope to have a good result."