Drag racer and Mays sophomore Erica Enders won her first national event trophy, a bronze “Wally,” at the 17th Annual O’Reilly National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Spring Nationals in Baytown.

The Houston native competed in the super gas class and edged out her best friend and fellow Aggie Jonathan Johnson, a sophomore environmental design major. Beginning her career in drag racing at the age of eight in the NHRA Junior Dragsters, Enders has accumulated 37 wins, has been named Driver of the Year, won five championship titles and was inducted into the NHRA Museum.

At 16, Enders began competing in the professional class and was the youngest NHRA National Event finalist. She continues to prove herself a worthy contender. Enders’ success in the NHRA was the inspiration for the Disney Channel’s original movie, “Right on Track,” which depicts Enders from her humble beginnings to the NHRA championship limelight.

For more information on Enders, read the profile, “Racing to the Future,” from the June/July 2003 issue of Mays Business Online.