Enders has all the bases covered going into Phoenix race day
PHOENIX (Oct. 15) – So far, the Arizona NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway have been 4-C for Erica Enders and her ZaZa Energy Pro Stock team:
Competitive, consistent, confident and consanguine.
Competitive, because Enders qualified No. 4 with a pass of 6.638 seconds at 208.23 mph. Consistent, because her four qualifying runs have all been close together. Confident, because Enders is ready to score her first career professional victory. And consanguine, because Enders has her entire family with her this weekend.
Enders qualified in the top half of the competitive Pro Stock field for the 13th race in a row, and her No. 4 was the best in the last seven races. She faces Kurt Johnson, who qualified 13th with a run of 6.683 seconds at 206.80 mph, in Sunday's first round of eliminations.
"We made a run that fit our potential," Enders said. "It was competitive, and there was still some left in the car. We've got a good car, good horsepower, a good crew, and we're showing it. I'm driving well, and the guys are doing a good job."
Enders' four qualifying passes were within .056 seconds, which should bode well for Sunday. Plus, Enders made a run of 6.670 seconds at 207.78 mph in Q4 in conditions that will be close to Sunday's.
"The hottest it's been was this afternoon, and we made a good run," Enders said. "That's how tomorrow is going to be. You need to get down the race track, and we did a good job tomorrow. I'm excited about tomorrow."
Enders is in the middle of her best season as a pro, as she's qualified No. 1 twice and reached the finals three times. She's fourth in the points standings heading into Sunday's eliminations, gunning to become the first woman to win in Pro Stock.
"I'm confident every time we get in the race car that Dave (Connolly, tuner) and the boys have set it up to the bets of their ability," Enders said. "I'm really relaxed this weekend."
Enders' family is from the Phoenix area, and her father Gregg, brother Tom and sister Courtney are all in attendance this weekend.
"Most of my family is from out here," Enders said. "This is like our family race. We've got a bunch of guests. My brother just had a baby last week, so I'm a new aunt. He and the other executives from Troon Golf came out and had a good time.
"I like coming to Phoenix. I've always like coming here. We usually do well here."