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Dani Nardi
Dani has joined the Super Speeders crew over the last year and a half, many of you have met her at the Major Auto Shows Super Speeders displays at. She's a model, can drive stick, is a certified Ferrari mechanic, does mixed martial arts, and isn't afraid of dangerous situations. Anyone disagree with her joining the crew?
Q&A
  • At what age did you get into cars?
  • I was born with racing in my blood. My dad road raced for SCCA for about 25 years, so I was at the track with him nearly every weekend during the season. He definitely passed on the racing itch to me and I couldn't wait to get behind the wheel myself one day.
  • At what age did you get your first vehicle? What was it?
  • I was 16. Originally, I was looking for an old 70's Bronco until I passed by David Hobb's Honda and saw what I learned later was a heavily souped up Civic. I had no idea what it was, but I wanted it. My dad then explained it to me, introducing me to the world of import modding, and that instead of buying someone else's finished project, I could buy my own stock import and customize it myself. I was immediately captivated, so we drove right over to a bookstore and I bought my first issue of Import Tuner and let my imagination run wild. My addiction had officially begun and I ended up buying a '95 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS.
  • A good man or a good car?
  • Well, I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not too convinced that the first exists so I'll take a good car. haha.
  • Tell us about the craziest thing you've done in a car?
  • Highway 100 in Milwaukee, WI is where all the imports would go to race. One night a friend of mine and I were there with my Eclipse racing an Integra at about 110 mph when I realized suddenly that the lane I was in was about to end as the road was narrowing to a bridge/overpassing of the freeway below. There was no way I could slow in time, so my options were to plummet to my death on the freeway below or try to speed up and somehow cut into the lane next to me where a semi truck was about to close the gap. It all happened so fast and I thought my life was over so it's all kind of a blur to me, but I remember mashing the gas as hard as I could and I cut in between the rail of the bridge and the front of the truck just in the nick of time. A few seconds later when I could catch my breath and come to reality of what had just happened, I started swearing and freaking out a bit- but I was silenced by my passenger who began cheering and shouting and then begged me to do it again.
  • What car would you like to drive that you haven't?
  • McLaren F1
  • What is 1 thing you could not live a day without?
  • I really can't think of anything. I'm pretty low maintenance and I adapt well.
  • Tell us about your favorite driving road.
  • I have a couple favorites. The Holy Hill area in Wisconsin is a great area for driving- good windy, country roads. Also, The Rock Freeway in Rockford, IL is a great place to bury the needle- its flat and straight and you can see ahead for what seems like miles.
  • Favorite food?
  • I love Mexican food. I could eat it everyday.
  • Favorite exotic car?
  • I have two favs- 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS and 1970 Porsche 917K (in the Gulf Oil colors)
  • Ferrari or Lambo?
  • Ferrari of course! Like I said, I grew up in the race world, and since Lamborghini didn't race, we never really had too much respect for it. Now I have learned to appreciate Lamborghini, since they are truly amazing pieces of machinery(and as painful as it is for me to admit, built better than today's Ferraris) but for me, they still can't compete with Ferrari's race history.
  • Best car related experience or day or driving?
  • I have two all time favorite driving experiences. The first was when I was at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Ferrari-Maserati Challenge. A coworker and I took my bosses Ferrari 250 GTE on the windy side roads off-track and as soon as we started climbing over 100 mph, I remember just this wave of happiness and pleasure washing over me and I remember thinking to myself that if I died right now, I would truly be at peace. It was some kind of ecstasy or euphoria. It made me realized that speed was my drug and I would always want that natural high in my life. My second favorite driving experience happened during an SCCA event. I was racing my Eclipse and I came out of a slalom with a little (well, more than a little) too much speed and as I made my final left turn to the finish line, my car wanted to keep going left and spin out as it had several times before due to my aggressiveness and my issue with never wanting to brake. But this time, I decided I wasn't going to let my car spin and instead cranked the wheel to the right, held tight and ended up drifting beautifully through the finish. I had a bunch of people run up to me excitedly to congratulate me on my first four wheel drift. I guess it looked pretty awesome from the spectator's view.
  • What have you not done in the driving world yet that you want to do?
  • I've always wanted to try Rally Racing, specifically Winter Rallying with studded tires.
  • 3 dream cars you hope to own
  • Lamborghini Reventon; Ferrari F50; Pagani Zonda
  • Top 3 cars from the 90's
  • 3rd gen Mazda RX-7; Honda/Acura NSX; MKIV Twin Turbo Toyota Supra
  • Favorite type of racing?
  • It's a tie between Formula and Sports Car- Formula One and Le Mans Series to be specific.
  • What do you do for a living?
  • I'm a model, represented by Ford Models, and I'm a technician at a Ferrari race shop.
  • Name the 3 best (stock) production cars you've driven to date.
  • Porsche GT3 RS; Ferrari F40; Lamborghini LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.
  • How many tickets have you gotten?
  • Oh boy, too many! If i had to guess, maybe around 10 or so, but I've gotten out of probably three times as many. smile
  • Tell us about your eclipse?
  • Well, I'm on the my second Eclipse now. I think I may have possibly found the last completely stock 1999 Eclipse GSX. She's a work in progress. I was living in New York for the past three years so it had been sitting in a garage back home in Milwaukee. I decided a couple months ago that it was time to bring her back to life and get her racing. I'm giving her some TLC right now, and then I'l be putting my garage full of mods on that I've been collecting which include a Hahn Racecraft Super 20G turbo.