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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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Las Vegas Gearhead Tour

Carroll Shelby Museum

One good thing that comes from traveling for business, is that occasionally I get to do/see some interesting places that I likely would not have had the chance. This week, I traveled to Las Vegas for a convention in the RV industry, but thanks to … [Read more...]

The end of an era

Force and Chevy

For the past several decades, the name Force has always been synonymous with Ford Racing.    Whether you are a drag racing fan or not, chances are you know John Force Racing as the longstanding ambassador of Ford Motor Company. John Force Racing in … [Read more...]

Resolutions for Racers

Racing Resolutions

As one year comes to a close and another begins, most people look inside to reflect on how their year has progressed and how they can improve for the New Year.    Resolutions are often made, with varying degrees of commitment and success. As racers, … [Read more...]

Writing good press releases for media coverage

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One thing I’ve learned during the 4 years I’ve spent writing my Women in Racing column for Examiner, is that it’s really hard to get racers to submit timely news for coverage.   For the life of me, I cannot figure this out.   Maybe because my … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

New Year 2015

Happy New Year! Here's to a prosperous and most importantly SAFE 2015 to all our family and friends! We have a lot of exciting things in the works here at Horsepower & Heels.  We can't wait for what's in store!   Hang on for the ride in … [Read more...]

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...]