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Muldowney remains an inspiration to Enders
The intention of legend Shirley Muldowney was not to be a pioneer in the sport of drag racing. Rather, she simply wanted to win.
The same could be said of ZaZa Energy Pro Stock driver Erica Enders. Forty years after Muldowney won her first major drag race, Enders hopes to follow in her idol's footsteps by winning in Pro Stock, and she'd love to do it at this weekend's FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Should she earn the trophy in Sonoma, Enders, 27, would become the first female to win an NHRA Pro Stock event. But like Muldowney, she simply wants to win.
"I just want to be treated like one of the guys," Enders said. "Yes, it's a male-dominated sport, but women work just as hard. A lot went on before we got here, and sometimes we don't really think about it, but Shirley is someone I've looked up to my entire life."
Enders is in the middle of her best season as a pro, earning the No. 1 qualifier twice and reaching the finals twice. She sits seventh in the Pro Stock points standings, and her Cagnazzi Racing team has been on a roll. Enders has qualified fifth or better in each of the last five races, winning eight rounds over that span.
"I've got a great race car this year," Enders said. "I'm really blessed to be in the position I'm in, driving for Victor Cagnazzi. We've having a really fun year and are doing well."
Coming so close to her first Pro Stock victory has only lit a fire under Enders and her team.
"I'd like to get that off my back," Enders said. "I can't ask for a better team. I'm in love with my guys. They have a common goal, just like mine, and there are no ulterior motives there. I'm a firm believer that unity will make a team a success. I couldn't be in a better position this year."
Now, Enders and her ZaZa team head to Infineon Raceway, another jewel in the empire of Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc.
"This is one of my favorite tracks we come to," Enders said. "All of Bruton's tracks are always great, and being in Napa Valley doesn't hurt either. I'm glad to be back here. I was about ready to get off that mountain (in Denver) last week and get here to California. Hopefully, we'll have a good weekend."
By: cagnazzi racing