Fresh off a stellar rookie season behind the wheel of a twin turbo PRO car, Erica Ortiz looks to keep the momentum rolling in 2007 with significant upgrades in her racing program. The 26 year-old made monumental progress in her first year running the Fun Ford Weekend Pro 5.0 class, finishing 2nd in the points chase with consistent 6 second, 200 mph performances, and shattering the mold as the quickest and fastest woman in Fun Ford drag racing.
For 2007, Houston, TX based BRISK USA has stepped up to become a major sponsor of Horsepower & Heels racing, allowing the team to bring about some exciting improvements to the racing program. Starting with a drastic body change, the team will debut a new 2007 Pro Mod fiberglass Mustang body by VFN Fiberglass out of Addison, IL. Parker Chassis of Salem, AL will be handling the fabrication behind the transformation and new turbo configuration consisting of a pair of Exile 88mm turbos.
The engine program will still remain at the hands of master Ford engine guru, Al Moody Sr. of Mableton, GA. The stock block and cast crank 2006 engine combination, which shattered performance barriers as the fastest OEM 460 block configuration, will be set aside for a stronger & lighter aluminum block powerplant.
“The whole premise behind 2006 was to get my feet wet in the PRO ranks, and we did surprisingly well as a team with the parts and budget that we had available at the time. This year, thanks to the great relationship we were able to build with BRISK USA, we will be able to debut a new look, and a stronger engine program which we feel will make us a formidable competitor.” Erica said of her 2007 plans.
Erica plans to campaign the car in the 5 race Fun Ford Weekend Pro 5.0 schedule, the ADRL Pro Nitrous category, as well as the NOPI Pro Outlaw class, where domestics have newly entered the mix of sport compacts traditionally associated with this venue. Her goal is to work up towards the NHRA Pro Modified events, where turbocharged combinations have recently been accepted into the fold. For more information, you can visit the Horsepower & Heels team online at www.horsepowerandheels.com.