Surging Enders anxious for start of Denver race
Erica Enders and the ZaZa Energy team head into the Mopar NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway with a lot of momentum, having reached the final round in two of the last three Pro Stock races and qualifying No. 1 in the third.
By no means, however, are Enders and her decorated team resting on their laurels.
Yet the facts speak for themselves: It's been a great run. Enders raced to the finals at Bristol and then qualified No. 1 in Norwalk, Ohio. Then, at NHRA's last race at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Enders raced her way to the finals again.
"The way we're running we're all really excited to get to the next race," Enders said. "Week in and week out, we've got a great race car, and we've got people who work really hard to win. Especially coming off our runner-up finish in Chicago, we can't wait to get back out there and take a swing at it again."
Enders, 27, has been racing professionally since 2005 in Pro Stock. She is having her best season as a Pro, qualifying No. 1 twice and reaching two finals. Her first Pro Stock victory – and the first for a woman in the category – appears to be right around the corner.
"It's something you always think about and dream about," Enders said. "To have it at the end of your fingertips is great. It's right there. We've got to capitalize on it."
Enders and her Cagnazzi Racing team will have to deal with the mile-high altitude – and it's horsepower-robbing thin air – in Denver. But Rodger Brogdon, who also uses Cagnazzi engines, tested at Bandimere and will provide the latest data for Enders to go fast again.
"Denver is a tricky track in the sense that it's different from anywhere else we go in the country because of the altitude," Enders said. "We've definitely got a challenge in front of us. My teammate tested last week there, so hopefully we'll have all the data we need to be successful.
"I love the Bandimere family (track owners). We're really good friends with them, so it's always fun to go back to their race track where the treat the racers so well. It would be cool to win their race."
By: cagnassi racing