2015 IMPACT25 Athlete: Erica Enders
"I've always just wanted to be a racer. That's exactly what I am. I'm not just the best female Pro Stock driver, I'm the best Pro Stock driver right now." --Erica Enders
When NHRA Pro Stock racer Erica Enders pulled her parachutes at the 2015 World Championships in early November, she knew she had driven her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro to a second consecutive title.
It was the perfect bookend to a record-breaking season for Enders, who spent seven years racing in Pro Stock before earning her first win. In September, the New Orleans resident earned her 19th career victory, passing legend Shirley Muldowney for the most NHRA national events for a female driver.
And a month later, with her eighth season win, Enders broke Pro Stock Motorcyclist's Angelle Sampey's single-season record for a female. As she heads into 2016, her foot is dialed in -- with a .023-second start, she's first in the class -- as is her support crew.
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The IMPACT25 is espnW's annual list of the 25 athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact for women in sports. Explore the 2015 list at espnW.com/IMPACT25.