Niki Taylor Engaged to Racecar Driver

Niki Taylor Engaged to Racecar Driver
Taylor and Lamar in January
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10/16/2006 02:30PM

Model Niki Taylor is engaged to NASCAR driver Burney Lamar, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Lamar got down on bended knee last month to ask for Taylor's hand in marriage while her parents watched, Taylor's rep tells PEOPLE.

Taylor, 31 and a mother of two, told PEOPLE in July that she wanted to find the right man, but wasn't in a hurry. "If I have a date, then I have a date, but it's all about (sons) Jake and Hunter right now."

Taylor's 11-year-old twins, Jake and Hunter, are from her three-year marriage to Arena Football League player Matt Martinez, which ended in 1996.

Lamar, 26, is considered an up-and-coming star on the NASCAR circuit. He drives the No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Marrying a racecar driver might seem like an odd choice for Taylor, who was involved in a near-fatal car accident in 2001. But she has always stayed in touch with her wild side: She still enjoys riding her Harley-Davidson Road King.

"I'm not one to worry – what's the point?" she told PEOPLE in July. "We are only here for a short amount of time. You have to live your life. I know that."

Taylor, who was one of the faces of Cover Girl and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, today is focused on building a fashion and beauty empire – last year she launched the fragrance Begin by Niki Taylor and opened the Franklin, Tenn., clothing boutique Abbie & Jesse's. She's also working on a collection of spa goods and the '07 launch of a denim line.

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