Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Enders has pieces in place to make bug run in Englishtown
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Every racecar driver needs a support system behind them, and ZaZa Energy Pro Stock driver Erica Enders is no different.
For starters, she has family behind her, starting with her dad, Gregg. And she has solid financial backing from ZaZa Energy. Plus, she has one of the best teams in the NHRA Full Throttle series, Cagnazzi Racing.
But Enders also has a secret weapon as she prepares for the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Her boyfriend, Richie Stevens, also happens to be a Pro Stock driver.
"Not only is he my best friend and my boyfriend," Enders said, "he's somebody I look to for advice with driving and racing because he's driven Pro Stock for 15 years and won a lot of races. He's really good at what he does. His support and advice is appreciated."
Stevens has five career victories in NHRA Pro Stock and is currently driving in the American Drag Racing League. Stevens also attends most NHRA events, giving Enders a shoulder to lean on, as well as a brain to pick. Whenever Enders needs advice, Stevens has the knowledge and experience to steer her in the right direction.
"It means everything because he's on my side no matter what," Enders said. "I can go to him with anything, and he's able to offer me genuine advice. He only wants what's best for me and he wants me to win just as bad as I do."
Stevens will be there for Enders this weekend as she guns for her first career Pro Stock victory. Enders, seventh in the Pro Stock standings, tested last week at a drag strip in North Carolina in preparation for Englishtown and the rest of the summer schedule. She made 12 passes in her ZaZa Energy Chevrolet as crew chief Dave Connolly and the team tested several different setups.
"We were able to test a lot of things that we've been wanting to try," Enders said. "We left the test session excited and optimistic about the races to come. When we tested last week, it was a 140-degree track, which will help this weekend and the next several races to come. We wanted to practice on a hot track with different setups, and we had the opportunity to do that last week."
Enders and the team will test again after the Englishtown race, working on improving their Cobalt and moving Enders up in the points standings.
"It's a marathon, not a sprint," Enders said of the points battle. "Every race is just as important as the next. But I don't get myself worked up about points position this early in the season. Yeah, we're seven races in and we could be further ahead than we are, but all things considered, it's not bad where we're at.
"We want to be in the top 10 when the Countdown comes and be at our best so we can put it together and perform well under pressure when crunch time comes."
-source: cagnazzi racing