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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Check out Chicas Racing

Chicas Racing

Not too long ago, I stumbled on a site that I really enjoyed reading.  Chicas Racing, a women's racing site in spanish language based out of Mexico.  What Horsepower & Heels hopes to accomplish in the english-speaking community, Chicas Racing is … [Read more...]

Guest Post: We are ALL equal

Eddie Maloney

Editor's Note:  Although Horsepower & Heels mainly focuses our writing from the woman's perspective of helping each other, we are always grateful to our male supporters are as well.     This guest post comes from Eddie Maloney about his first … [Read more...]

Ladies of NHRA on the Red Carpet

Leah Pritchett at the NHRA Banquet

Its always nice to see my favorite ladies in drag racing on the red carpet for the annual NHRA Year-End Banquet and Awards Ceremony.    We don't get enough chances to see them outside their fire suits or sponsor crew uniforms.   But make no mistake, … [Read more...]

Racing Fire Suits: Women’s Review

ShannonMudro, Hinchman

If there is one thing that shopping for my next fire suit has taught me, all suits are NOT created equally.   Unfortunately, as the minority in the sport,  suits are not tailored well to the female shape, leaving Women's Racing Suits anything but … [Read more...]

Dealing with Haters

DRO Agent 1320 Erica Ortiz

After chatting about my history, struggles and recent desire for a comeback, Eddie Maloney, a west coast friend of mine, decided he wanted to help me out by submitting a post on Drag Racing Online talking about my efforts to secure sponsorship.   The … [Read more...]

Women’s Racing Groups and Networks

women racing

We all know how important networking is in our daily lives, but many times, we forget that some of the best sources of information comes from groups of our peers.  Who better to ask about the daily struggles, the small wins and the large windfalls, … [Read more...]

Dusting off the Hotrod

taillights for Mustang

One of the hardest things about dusting off a project that has essentially sat unattended for the past 6 years, is getting a bearing for where you are and what needs to be done next.   I tend to get a little analysis paralysis thinking about where to … [Read more...]

Women in Motorsports News Column

Women In Motorsports Examiner

Back in August 2010, I took an assignment as the Women in Motorsports Examiner for the news website, Examiner.com.    In the past 4 years, I've written over 400 articles promoting women's racing news, acquiring info as often as possible to educate … [Read more...]

Fighting the Good Fight: Women in Racing

She Wins, You Win

In early 2007, I picked up a book that would light a spark within me about what I believe is missing for women in motorsports. She Wins, You Win: The Most Important Rule Every Businesswoman Needs to Know The book addresses strategies on how … [Read more...]

Brothers Performance Car Show

brothers performance fall show

It's been awhile since I've ventured out to some good enthusiast car shows, so when my gal pal, Elisa Coon invited me out to the Brothers Performance Car Show and Dyno Challenge, I was excited to make the drive over to Deland, FL with my little guy … [Read more...]