Fan favorite Enders ready for race day in her home state
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24) – Chances are good no one will have more fan support than ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders in this weekend's AAA of Texas NHRA Nationals at Texas Motorplex.
Enders, who qualified No. 7 for Sunday's final Pro Stock eliminations, usually has a high number of fans at most NHRA races. This weekend, the Houston native has additional fans because she's racing in her home state of Texas.
Plus, the popular driver has backing from a large number of ZaZa Energy employees attending the race this weekend.
"We have 80 to 100 guests from ZaZa and Toreador, and my family and friends are here," Enders said. "It's good to be back home in Texas. The fans are great, and the people in Texas are so friendly."
Enders' fans watched her go down the track without a hiccup in all four qualifying sessions. Her best elapsed time was 6.587 seconds at 209.79 mph as she qualified in the top half of the competitive Pro Stock field for the 11th consecutive race.
"We've got some work to do this evening, but we've got a good race car," Enders said. "We ran OK in the heat. Tomorrow's going to be the hottest day, and we have lane choice in the morning."
Combine the heat and the narrow groove of the Texas Motorplex, and Sunday's victory is up for grabs. Enders, one of the top drivers in the sport with five holeshot victories this season, could grab her first career Pro Stock victory.
"Tomorrow is a new day, and we'll come out swinging," Enders said. "I have all the confidence in the world in my ZaZa guys, and we'll do the best we can. It's going to be hot tomorrow, so the fact that we've gotten down the last two sessions is pretty good."
Enders is fifth in the Countdown to the Championship after one race, trailing leader Jason Line by 83 points.