Erica Enders Denver Final Report

Bandimere Speedway

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.

Erica Enders
Erica Enders

Photo by: Ted Rossino

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

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Jason Line , Shane Gray
Tags bandimere, cagnazzi, denver, enders, nhra, pro stock