Rare red-light foils Enders chances in Denver
ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders' time on the mountain that holds Bandimere Speedway ended way too soon Sunday.
Enders fell in the second round of Pro Stock at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals to Kurt Johnson. After a terrific reaction time of .012 seconds in her first-round victory over Shane Gray, Enders left the start line a tick too soon against Johnson, and was disqualified for the violation.
"It is what it is," a disappointed Enders said. "You learn from your mistakes, and you move on. The good news is we go back to Earth next week, to sea level, and have a normal setup and get to drive normal. We've still got a great race car."
The last time Enders left too soon during a Pro Stock round was in the final in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2005, against Jason Line, a streak of 80 consecutive races for her. Enders hasn't had a red-light in 25 prior rounds this season and is regarded as one of the best at the starting line in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category. But she offered no excuses against Johnson.
"It just happened," Enders said. "I knew it was red when I let the clutch out. I had the same mindset as I do every round, and it didn't matter who was in the other lane. I can't do anything about it right now so we'll head to San Fran and start over."
By: cagnazzi racing