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The Agent has learned that an elite group of mountain-motor Pro Stock team owner/racers, including the Goforth family, have been talking with new IHRA president, Scott Gardner (an ex-UDRA Pro Stock owner himself), about bringing back Mountain Motor Pro Stock to the organization that invented the class.
Sources confirm that very preliminary meeting between the two parties have begun. This possible action by the IHRA -- if it happens and that is still a big if -- would represent a big step forward by the IHRA sanctioning body to return to its roots of traditional drag racing. [11/21/2013]
Erica Enders-Stevens has joined Elite Motorsports for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Enders-Stevens will drive the team's new Camaro, which will be tuned by the father/son duo of Rick and Rickie Jones, with in-house horsepower crafted by Nick Ferri and Jake Hairston.
"I'm really excited to start this next chapter of my career," Enders-Stevens said. "It's hard to believe that 2014 will be my 10th year in Pro Stock but it's true. We want to make it our best year yet, and we're all going to be working very hard towards that goal.
"The last three years we've been in contention for the championship very late in the season, and we expect to be there again with Elite Motorsports. Rickie just won the NHRA Finals, so it's obvious they have all the pieces in place to be successful.
"I'm sad to leave Victor Cagnazzi. We have worked together for the majority of my Pro Stock career, and I will always be appreciative of Victor and his wife Brita. I certainly value our relationship. The deal Richard (Freeman, team owner of Elite Motorsports) offered assures me a full-time ride in his top car, so at this point in my career I thought it was the best move for me to make." [11/21/2013]