Horsepower & Heels Blog

Erica Ortiz is a professional drag racer from the all-female pro modified team Horsepower & Heels and strong advocate of women in motorsports. A veteran both behind the wheel and behind a torque wrench, Erica brings over 10 years of experience navigating the male-dominated motor sports arena from the female perspective.

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Justin Bieber, Street Racing, and NHRA

bieber drag racing mug shot

A child celebrity grows up and rebels into a hard-partying, wild mess just a few stumbles away from court-ordered rehab?  Its seems its the current tried-and-true formula for the current day child entertainment star. His latest shenanigans have … [Read more...]

Vote a female racer for sponsorship

Pink Checkered Racing Flags

One of the biggest reasons I created this site is to actively support women competing in motorsports.   Its something I'm very passionate about, because I feel that if you don't stand together and help one another, we'll never see our full potential … [Read more...]

New beginnings in Tampa

Bill Currie Ford Service

  A lot has happened since I last regularly updated this blog.    I touched on some of the gaps in my recent post, If the suit fits, but I wanted to expand on that a bit in effort to get back to regular updates on this site. Back in … [Read more...]

If the suit fits…

Erica Ortiz fire suit

It can all change in an instant. One minute, you are on top of your game.    Setting records, breaking barriers, momentum from a great season moving you forward, big aspirations for the future, chasing your dreams.   Then all of that changes the … [Read more...]

Sex sells, or does it? Courtney Force controversy examined.

Courtney Force ESPN Body Issue

Nothing like a little skin to get the controversy rolling.    This one I've had my eye on since it was announced, waiting anxiously to see what reaction it generates. Bold and Artful or Distasteful? The Body issue is a yearly project that ESPN … [Read more...]

Women in Racing Twitter List


One of the great things about Twitter, is that it allows conversation to roll between racers and fans alike. Over the years, I've tried to organize a Women In Motorsports Twitter list, that allows followers to subscribe to and … [Read more...]

Block is in!

Engine Block just came in!

Had a special delivery to my shop today. It's my long awaited, Ford Racing 460 block.     Now I can get started assembling my engine program again! I'm all kinds of giddy now! Time to get to work on getting this car back on the track where … [Read more...]

Power of WE: Blog Action Day 2012

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day 2012. If you're not familiar, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.   The project began in 2007.   Past topics … [Read more...]

America’s Favorite Author nominee

Laura Contreras-Rowe

Awhile back, I was featured in a really cool book called Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women, written by a fantastic woman named Laura Contreras-Rowe. Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women is a 5 … [Read more...]

Drag Coverage Contributor

Well, I've taken on a new, exciting assignment:   My good buddy TJ Pruitt, owner of one of my favorite drag racing sites,, has added me as a new contributing writer for the site! For the past few years, I've kept busy maintaining … [Read more...]