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Defending champ Enders-Stevens looks to continue hot streak in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, FL — After picking up right where she left off at the end of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, defending Pro Stock champion Erica Enders-Stevens is looking to continue her hot streak and capture her first victory of 2015 at this weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway.

“My mentality is positive, optimistic, and excited about the races to come,” Enders-Stevens said. “I think that we have a lot to look forward to. As long as we figure out what happened in the final round in Phoenix and learn from it, we’ll be good to go.

“This new fuel and tire combination is a challenge that we’ve had to work to overcome so far. I’m confident in my guys, though, that we’re going to get there and we’ll be all right in the end when it matters.”

Sitting second in the points standings, just 21 points behind fellow Elite Performance companion Rodger Brogdon, Enders-Stevens isn’t concerned with how the first two races have gone for her and her team. In fact, she couldn’t be happier with how well things are working out for everyone at Elite Motorsports.

“Going into Gainesville, usually the weather is conducive for some record-setting runs,” Enders-Stevens said. “You can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be swinging for the fences this weekend.

“I’ve got all the faith in the world in my guys, but the most important part is to just go out there and have fun. It’s still early in the season, and as long as we’re learning and enjoying ourselves, what better place is there to be than racing together.”

Qualifying sessions are scheduled for 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. ET, Friday, and noon and 3 p.m., Saturday. Eliminations will start at approximately noon Sunday, with both qualifying and elimination action broadcast on ESPN2 on tape-delay basis.

Enders-Stevens Sets Pro Stock Speed Record, Runners-Up at Gatornationals

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GAINESVILLE, FL — It was a near-storybook weekend for Erica Enders-Stevens and Elite Motorsports with another number two qualifying effort, a new national speed record, and a runner-up finish. These are the results the team has been building toward since the start of the 2014 season, and it arrived at the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

The drive kicked off during the first round of qualifying, where Enders-Stevens captured the new Pro Stock nationals speed record with a 6.483 @ 214.69 mph.

“That was a huge way to kick off the weekend,” said Enders-Stevens. “The conditions were great for breaking records, and we’re pumped we could take advantage of it. Nick Ferri and the guys at the engine shop have been busting their butts to deliver horsepower and it’s an awesome feather to have in their caps.”

The Elite Motorsports Camaro continued to charge through the remaining qualifying session, backing up the record speed to secure it’s place in books, and posting the lowest ETs during Saturday’s two sessions.

Race day proved to deliver the results that had eluded the team during the first two events. Erica easily beat Robert Patrick in the first round before eliminating V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile to reach a final round match-up against none other than long-time friend, Allen Johnson.

However, it would be AJ’s day when he shot off the line first to take the holeshot victory. His 0.030 second advantage and 6.566 @ 211.73 mph run managed to hold off Erica’s 6.551 @ 211.96 mph pass to the finish line.

“We had fast and consistent race car all weekend and I’m so proud of my team,” said Erica. “It didn’t end up the way we had hoped, but if we have to lose, I pick Brutus to win. It’s awesome to have the fastest hot rod in the world and we will do our best to keep going rounds!”

Erica heads to Las Vegas next for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals from March 28-30. There, she’ll be competing for $50,000 during that Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge after securing her spot by qualifying in Gainesville.

Erica Enders-Stevens Debuts New NHRA Pro Stock Camaro

enders-gored-camaroDETROIT – NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens debuts an all-new Camaro SS-bodied race car this weekend at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, in Gainesville, Fla. It features a bold graphics package calling attention to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign for heart disease prevention.

Coming off a win at the Phoenix race on Feb. 24, she rolls into the Gatornationals second in the NHRA Mello Yellow Championship Pro Stock standings, 16 points behind Vincent Nobile. Along with Chevrolet Performance, Enders-Stevens and GK Motorsports-supported Cagnazzi Racing have a longstanding relationship with the American Heart Association.

“Erica is a great competitor and with her win in Phoenix, she is poised to do well at the Gatornationals in her first outing with the new Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Heart disease is a tough competitor, too, and the awareness Erica and the Cagnazzi Racing team bring to the subject through Go Red For Women is an important reminder to never slow down in the race to beat it. We’re proud to partner with her on this important topic.”

Enders-Stevens is the latest of a growing number of Pro Stock racers to campaign a Camaro-bodied race car. NHRA approved the body last year, after Chevrolet supplied a production model on which the bodywork was based. Time in General Motors’ wind tunnel was also donated to ensure the race car body performed well at 200+mph top speeds reached by modern Pro Stock cars in quarter-mile competition. The bodies resemble a production Camaro SS, but are aerodynamically optimized to minimize down force for speed.

Camaro bodies are also becoming increasingly popular in sportsman-level drag racing, including Pro Mod, while Chevrolet offers factory-built COPO Camaros designed for Stock Eliminator classes. All classes are represented this weekend at the Gatornationals.

“If you’re a Camaro fan, you’ll have plenty to cheer about in Gainesville – especially if Erica Enders-Stevens can pull off back-to-back wins in her new race car,” said Campbell.

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Heart help

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women. In fact, more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease-related causes every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 25 percent of all deaths. In women, however, heart disease accounts for one in three deaths.

“It is an eye-opener to learn how many women are affected by heart disease, and how the symptoms of a heart attack can go overlooked until the situation gets worse,” said Enders-Stevens. “It’s a privilege to work with Chevrolet and the American Heart Association to help make a difference. Go Red is something everyone can benefit from to improve awareness and even save lives.”

The GM Foundation and Chevrolet Performance have donated more than $1 million to the American Heart Association over the years – contributions that have been used to increase awareness of heart disease and its prevention, as well as research into treating it.

“Erica’s passion for racing is parallel to the American Heart Association’s lifesaving goal to beat heart disease in women,” said Kathy Kauffmann, executive director and vice president of the Metro Detroit American Heart Association. “The Association commends Erica for bringing Go Red For Women to the forefront, educating women about their No. 1 health threat. She won’t be stopped and realizes neither will heart disease unless it becomes the front-and-center issue for women – and the Go Red For Women movement is the call to do just that.”

More information about Go Red For Women, including how to donate to heart disease research and prevention advocacy, is available online at goredforwomen.org and facebook.com/GoRedForWomen, as well as Twitter: @GoRedForWomen.

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