PNN.com Sponsors First All-Female Pro Mod Drag Racing Web Show Series: Horsepower and Hells

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Fast women in fast cars; watch Erica Ortiz, a Latino drag racer, go fast on PNN.com's new web show; "Horsepower and Heels".

Meet Erica Ortiz and Debbie Denny, the women of drag racing and the engine that runs the all-female race team, Horsepower and Heels. Together with PNN.com, the team is launching a first-of-its-kind; all female Pro-Mod Drag Racing Web show series called Horsepower and Heels.

Burning rubber all across the country in her 2007 Pro-Mod Mustang, race driver Erica begs the question, "who says horsepower and heels don't mix?" Set to break more records and pave a way for her career, Erica, with the help of her teammate and marketer extraordinaire, Debbie, is determined to reach more heights and further her love for her career in drag racing while she races to reach the professional ranks of the NHRA.

"I am a girly-girl and a race driver. I'm an advertising professional by day -- a drag racer and mechanic by weekend. I travel the country towing my racecar by myself and encounter all kinds of people along the way," said Erica Ortiz, driver for the Horsepower and Heels team. "I work on the car, I drive the car, I get dirty. But I'm still very much into my dresses and my high heels."

Erica and the Horsepower and Heels team are sharing their stories through an online publishing website called PNN.com, The Personal News Network. PNN.com provides provide an easy interface packed with the power of marketing, PR and publishing support to aspiring authors who have extraordinary stories to share but no avenue to share them.

"PNN offers simple tools for authors to build their dream page sharing all their antics, stories, news etc. The mix of tools and services is what sets PNN apart from the rest, allowing users to share or read what they want when they want, instantly, and within a social context," said PNN.com founder and CEO, Lauren Elliott. "We are thrilled to feature such a wonderful, inspirational author, such as Erica, and have the opportunity to bring a first-of-its-kind Web SHOW series following the team throughout their upcoming season."

After entering her first PRO race at the Fun Ford weekend mid-season in 2006, Erica quickly paved the way for the Horsepower and Heels team, by finishing in 2nd place in the season's championship series.

Erica's most notable stats are:

  • Holds the record for first female into the 6's and over 200mph in FFW
  • Finished in 2nd place overall in her rookie year in the Pro 5.0 class
  • Finished 2nd in Drag Radial in 2003
  • Went 8.42 @ 175mph in the "street" car, and was the first female in the 8's on a radial tire
  • Finished 2nd in the Bracket 3 Category her very first race at the largest Ford Race of the year, "World Ford Challenge"

The Horsepower and Heels team did all of this on one of the smallest budgets in the industry and with an all-female crew. Erica is a true "Jill" of all trades, taking the driver's seat when it comes to her racing as not only as the race driver, but also the mechanic and the marketer.

Follow Erica, Debbie and the Horsepower and Heels team, including the web show series, blogs from Erica and the '07-'08 race schedule at http://horsepowerandheels.pnn.com.

About PNN.com
PNN.com is the premier new-media network for creating online citizen journalists, enabling people with no web-design experience to share stories and media on personal, customized web pages. Started in 2006 by Lauren Elliott, pioneer of the Edutainment Industry and co-creator of the hit game series, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, PNN.com empowers people to advance the ways in which they communicate. By putting simple-to-use technology in the hands of people with a story to tell, PNN.com enables a new form of storytelling that bridges traditional cultural, economic, and social boundaries. PNN.com's offices and recording studio are located in the scenic valley of Rohnert Park, California. Additional information about PNN is available at http://press.pnn.com

About Horsepower and Heels
Erica Ortiz founded Horsepower and Heels in 2005, after racing for 9 years. Currently, Erica races in the Fun Ford Weekend series in her 2007 Pro-Mod Mustang. This all-female team has made a mark on the world of racing, setting and breaking records at some of the most-respected pre-professional races in the country. For the '07-'08 season Erica and Debbie Denny, her team marketer, are launching a web show series called "Horsepower and Heels," which offers a behind-the-scenes peek at what a day in the life of an advertising professional by day, and race car driver by weekend is like. Read more about Erica and the Horsepower and Heels team online at http://horsepowerandheels.pnn.com.

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