Erica Ortiz debuts a new paint scheme at the NMRA Maple Grove 2002 event in Reading, PA. Her previously all-black Horsepower & Heels drag radial Mustang debuts a new, magenta-flamed paint job by Rick Doern. The pink and black livery paid tribute to her pride in representing women in racing.
Popular magazine, Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, shot the car for a featured spread, landing Erica the cover of the November issue in a feature entitled Beauty and the Beast.
NMRA Maple Grove 2002
Ortiz however had a difficult race weekend, battling tire spin throughout the event. Her best performance time came during an early morning test session, where she ran a 9.51 @ 147 mph.
Plagued by tire spin and other slight technical problems, she qualified with an off-pace 10.7 @ 147 mph. Unable to sort out the problems in time, Erica fell to competitor Ty Krean in Round #1 with a 9.70 @ 148 mph.