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Pro Stock champ Erica Enders featured in Sports Illustrated Kids

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WYNNEWOOD, OK — Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders is featured in the current issue of the national magazine Sports Illustrated Kids with a four-page spread as well as an online story and video feature on SIKids.com.

Writer Christina M. Tapper, photographer David E. Klutho, and videographer Jake Huber spent two days with Enders and her Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge team at the recent NHRA race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix.

“They did a really nice job of covering our sport and telling our story,” Enders said. “It’s always great to see our sport reach new fans and a new fan base, especially a younger fan base like Sports Illustrated Kids has. The entire package was well put together, and I enjoyed my time with them.”

The piece, titled “In the Fast Lane With Erica Enders,” features behind-the-scenes photographs of Enders and her interaction with her crewmembers and fans, as well as a story about Enders’ successful Pro Stock career.

The magazine, with a circulation of 950,000, is on newsstands now. An online version and video feature can be found at http://www.sikids.com/enders.

Pro Stock champion Erica Enders named to espnW’s prestigious IMPACT25

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — After a spectacular season that was capped by her second consecutive NHRA Pro Stock world championship, Erica Enders was named to espnW’s IMPACT25 list.

The list features “athletes and influencers who have made the biggest mark on women in sports,” according to espnW. Enders was joined on the list by some of the world’s most famous athletes, including World Cup champion Carli Lloyd, tennis star Serena Williamns, and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be on this list of the best athletes in the world,” Enders said. “Thank you to ESPN and espnW for recognizing the contributions of women in sports, and thank you to pioneers like Shirley Muldowney and Angelle Sampey for helping pave the way for other women like me in drag racing.

“I say it all the time, but my guys at Elite Motorsports are the best. We have great chemistry, great leadership, and a great work ethic, all things needed for a championship team. We get it done because of the people. I couldn’t ask to be on a better team.”

Enders won nine times in 2015 in one of the most impressive seasons in Pro Stock history. She led the ultra-competitive class with nine victories, 11 final-round appearances, and six No. 1 qualifiers. Along the way, she had an impressive streak of three consecutive victories, all on holeshots (a first in NHRA history).

She closed 2015 in even more impressive fashion, winning five of the final eight races, including three of the six Countdown to the Championship events. Enders clinched her second title in a row in Las Vegas, winning her ninth race of the season.

Her nine victories broke Sampey’s single-season mark of victories by a female (seven) set in 2001.

Enders has 21 career victories, 39th all time. She is second among women in victories, trailing only Sampey (41). Her 19th career win passed Muldowney on the all-time win list for women.

The IMPACT25 list was determined by a panel of sports experts and personalities, including past players and ESPN editors and executives. The list was split into two categories, Athletes and Influencers.

Each of the honorees was captured in a “super” illustration by Marvel Comics.

Visit http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/impact25/2015/article/14254032/erica-enders to read Erica’s IMPACT25 bio.

Pro Stock champ Erica Enders to appear on Jay Leno’s Garage

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WYNNEWOOD, OK — Reigning NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders and Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman will appear on the premier episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, which will air Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Eastern on CNBC and will feature Enders teaching the talk-show host/comedian and car enthusiast how to drive a drag race car.

“It will be a great way to introduce the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to a new audience,” Enders said. “That was a great experience and a neat opportunity. I grew up watching Jay Leno and always enjoyed him throughout my life, so it was cool to be able to work with him. He shares the same passion for automobiles that we do, and that was pretty evident.”

Leno has a stellar collection of automobiles, and he invited Enders and Freeman to tour his collection when NHRA returns to California for the season-finale in November.

Jay Leno’s Garage began as a YouTube series about cars and motorcycles with a one-hour special airing on CNBC last year, and it begins as a primetime weekly show this Wednesday.

Enders and Freeman traveled to California after winning at Tennessee’s Bristol Dragway in June to film the show at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif. Division 7 racer Eddie Fischle supplied a Super Comp car, and the legendary Frank Hawley chipped in support, too.

Enders began by driving Leno around in a new Chevrolet Camaro SS, and the two chatted about their respective careers. Leno was host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009 and 2010 to 2014. Enders became the first woman to win the NHRA Pro Stock world championship in 2014.

“It was fun to be able to drive him around in the Camaro,” Enders said. “We talked a little bit about his life and a little bit about my career. Then we spent the rest of the day teaching him to drive, so it was a neat deal.”

Enders clearly is a good teacher, as she recently set an NHRA record by winning three consecutive final rounds on holeshots.

“It was a neat chance to be able to teach him how to drive a Super Comp car with Frank Hawley,” Enders said. “I ended up getting to make a pass in my buddy Eddie Fischle’s car, and he supplied us the cars for us to teach Jay to drive.”

By the end of the day, Leno wanted to make more passes in the car.

“That goes to show how much he enjoyed it,” Enders said.

TheBLOCK.com: One on One with NHRA Drag Racing Superstar Erica Enders-Stevens

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Chevrolet Performance’s The BLOCK recently caught up with Erica during the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway.

Check out Part One of their interview at TheBLOCK.com:

One on One with NHRA Drag Racing Superstar Erica Enders-Stevens | The BLOCK