Just like coming home

NHRA Pro Stock veteran Erica Enders began her Pro Stock career at Cagnazzi Racing in 2005 and quickly became one of the most prolific female driver in class history. In 2011, the 27-year-old from Houston is returning home to Cagnazzi Racing and Chevy after a couple of years driving a Ford in NHRA Pro Stock operation. Her return to Chevy and Victor Cagnazzi Racing hopefully will get her that elusive first NHRA Pro Stock win.

(Ron Lewis photo)

"If you look at what Victor and his team has accomplished over the past several years it's really exciting to think about the possibilities," Enders said. "Victor and Brita Cagnazzi have remained great friends of my family ever since I drove for them and I believe we're going to pick up right where we left off and really have some fun this year."

She will be driving the same Cagnazzi Racing-prepped Chevy Cobalt race car that Jeg Coughlin Jr. drove last year to a top-ten finish in NHRA Pro Stock competition. If the team has the same engine program they had last year Enders should be instantly competitive. The car will be tuned by multi-time championship winning crew chief Roy Simmons and the chassis set up by multi-time Pro Stock National event winner Dave Connolly.

Enders will be sponsored for the 2011 NHRA season by ZaZa Energy, a privately held Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas-based oil and gas company, which will serve as primary sponsor of Enders’ team while the team searches for a long-term financial partner.

ZaZa co-founder Gaston Kearby has seen Enders in action and is impressed with the way she handles herself, both on and off the racetrack, and with the thousands of kids that follow her career.

"I attended several races last year and we just love Erica here at ZaZa," Kearby said. "We're excited to have her representing ZaZa Energy to the world and can't wait to see her win the championship she so richly deserves. She's a real pro, in the car and in the boardroom, and our friends and colleagues are going to love her as much as we do."