Enders ‘coming back home’ to Cagnazzi Racing for 2011 season

Erica Enders began her Pro Stock career at Cagnazzi Racing in 2005 and quickly became the most prolific female driver in class history. In 2011, the 27-year-old from Houston is returning home to Cagnazzi Racing to hopefully add to her already impressive resume with one of the top teams in the sport.

“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.”

ZaZa Energy LLC, a privately-held Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas-based oil and gas company, will serve as primary sponsor of Enders return to top contender status and will remain in that capacity as 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.”

Cagnazzi and Kearby are getting a bona fide star in Enders. Prior to becoming a professional driver, Enders and her sister Courtney were the subjects of the Disney Channel movie “Right On Track,” the story of the girl’s battles in the NHRA’s Junior Dragster category, which is reserved for kids aged 8-17. “Right On Track” (www.NHRAmovie.com) remains the most watched Disney Channel movie in history.

Once she took over the wheel of Cagnazzi’s racecar, Enders quickly made her mark on the Pro Stock class, becoming the first woman to qualify in the top half of the field, the first to qualify No. 1 at a national event, and the first to race to a final round.

Now the team, which can claim two world championships and 35 national event victories since its inception a decade ago, has its sights set on making Enders the first female national event winner and the first female champion in class history.

“I’m genuinely excited about this,” Cagnazzi said. “Erica will certainly be in a much better car than she had the first time around as our entire operation has evolved quite a bit. People are talking about her getting a win; I believe we’re going to get lots of wins.”

According to Cagnazzi, Enders will be the only Chevy driver in the class, something he hopes the manufacturer notices. Enders’ ZaZa Cobalt is the exact same car five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. drove in years past. It will be tuned by multi-time champion crew chief Roy Simmons and set up by teammate Dave Connolly.

source http://www.nhra.com

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