Friday, April 13, 2012

Auto Racing's Tia Norfleet to Headline Safety Event at AMS

The Safe America Foundation announced today that Tia Norfleet,
the first and only female African-American licensed NASCAR driver, has agreed to serve as its
safe driving spokesperson for the May 5 SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy, taking
place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 
In its seventh year at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy has
become metro Atlanta’s premier teen driving safety event. The day-long program consistently
averages over 1,000 attendees. It allows parents and teens 14 and older to learn the basics of
safe driving through interactive “Pit Stop” classrooms and demonstrations taught by the Safe
America Foundation training staff, law enforcement, fire fighters, political leaders, emergency
medical personnel and juvenile traffic court judges. 

“We’re overjoyed that Tia Norfleet has signed on as a spokesperson for the 2012 SafeTeen
Georgia Driving Academy,” said Safe America President and CEO Len Pagano. “She speaks with
great authority on the role practice plays in becoming a good driver and we believe that she
has the potential to be a fantastic representative to serve as the face of safe driving here in
the metro region.” 

“As a young person, at 24 years of age, I’ve already had good friends lose both family
members and/or classmates due to unsafe driving and I don’t want to see their losses
repeated,” Norfleet said. “It’s important that the next generation gets it right, and one of
the things we are not doing enough is taking a peer-to-peer approach on driving safety and
that is why I’ve signed on to become the spokesperson for the 2012 SafeTeen Georgia Driving

In 2010, Norfleet became the first female African-American licensed by NASCAR. The
daughter of former NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet, Tia began following in her father’s
footsteps at an early age racing first on go-carts before moving up to the Bandoleros and then
on to Drag Racing. She is debuting in her first sanctioned NASCAR
race. To learn more about Tia, please visit:

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