Strong finish to Denver qualifying gives Enders plenty of hope
ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders vaulted to the top half of the Pro Stock field in Saturday's final qualifying session, giving her and the Cagnazzi Racing team momentum for Sunday's Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
The altitude and air conditions in Denver can give drag racing teams fits, and even the best groups, like Cagnazzi Racing, are challenged to find the best setup.
But Enders went 7.008 seconds at 196.27 mph in her ZaZa Energy Chevrolet in Q4 to grab the No. 5 qualifying spot.
"It's challenging up here on the mountain," Enders said. "It's a great facility. The Bandimeres are awesome, and the fans are cool. Now that we've got our stuff together, hopefully tomorrow will be a much better day.
"I feel much better. I will sleep a lot better tonight going into Sunday with us having one really good run under our belt. We finally got a handle on what the car wanted here."
Enders, 27, faces Shane Gray in the first round of eliminations as she guns for her first career Pro Stock victory. Enders has reached the final round in two of the previous three NHRA Pro Stock events.
Even with the solid pass in Q4, Enders said her ZaZa Chevy has more speed in it for Sunday.
"I know a couple guys went faster than us, but looking at that run, we have some room for improvement," Enders said. "To be able to run a 7-flat in the heat today – this is what tomorrow's going to be like – that gives us a lot of confidence and enthusiasm going into Sunday. And we have some room for improvement, so I'm excited about our chances."
By: cagnazzi racing