I actually got my Alcohol Funny Car license to pursue the Funny Car route, and that was before there was a female winner in Funny Car. I worked with a couple Top Fuel teams, too, trying to put a ride together. That's when I won my first race in Super Gas, and I did an interview where I was asked what I wanted to do next. I said, "This. But I'd really love to drive Pro Stock." Then, Victor Cagnazzi called me and offered me a ride.

Erica got the win over Greg Anderson in the final round at Joliet.  (Michael Fishcbeck photo)

:  Winning your first Pro Stock race has secured you a spot in drag racing's history. How will you use that accomplishment in your career?

EE: It's cool to own the record, and ever since I first started racing Pro Stock, we earned all the "first female" records: Qualifying, qualifying on the pole, first-round win, second-round win, semifinals and finals. It's a cool accomplishment, but I'd rather be known as a winner, not just a "female winner."

:  What was the very first thought that came into your mind when you were certain you had won your first Pro Stock race?

EE: "We finally did it!" It's been such a long, tough road, and we finally did it. That, and I wished my dad was there.

(Ron Lewis photo)

:  Did you put a lot of pressure on yourself or did you feel a lot of pressure to be the first woman driver to win in the class?

EE: I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best I can be, period, and, sure, I wanted to be the first woman to win in Pro Stock. But I just wanted to win.

:  Do you have a hero in drag racing that inspired you to pursue drag racing or Pro Stock racing?

EE: Shirley Muldowney

:  At the age of 28 you are among the youngest of the sport’s professional drivers. What are your goals for your career?

EE: I'd like to drive as long as I possibly can. I want to win more races, and obviously every driver's ultimate goal is to win the championship. That's mine, too.