People to Watch Class of 2014
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NHRA Pro Stock Driver; VP of Marketing, Elite Motorsports
Just two years after she became the first woman in the history of the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) to win a national event, Erica Enders-Stevens has won 11 national titles – thus solidifying her spot as the third-winningest woman in all of motorsports history.
In a sport where the difference between winning and losing can be 10,000ths of a second, the Houston native turned New Orleanian says the secret of her success lies in part from never taking shortcuts.
“Getting to the top is hard enough, but staying there is even harder,” she says.
Enders-Stevens is currently leading the NHRA Pro Stock points standings – making her the first woman to do so in the sport’s 63-year history.
She also just set the Pro Stock world speed record in June, traveling at 215.55 miles per hour.
“We have a great shot at winning the World Championship this year,” she says.
Enders-Stevens began racings at the age of 8, building on success after success until turning pro in 2004.
“My message to kids, especially young girls, is to dream big and never give up,” she says. “Anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Surround yourself with the right people and work hard.”