December 1, 2007
Along with Erica
Twenty-two year old, third-generation
racer Bobby Santos III just keeps on setting records. In addition to
his duties as a development driver for Bill Davis Racing, he is an
avid – and on-the-hammer – short track racer. Among his adventures
last year was turning in an all-time new closed course midget speed
record of 147 mph in Iowa. Just last month he made history on Turkey
Night at Irwindale, winning the first sprint car race ever in a
But ask Bobby about his most
cherished recent racing memory and he will tell you it was watching
his sister Erica win the NEMA feature at the Xtreme Tuesday show at
Stafford, CT, last July.
Erica and Bobby grew up in one of New
England’s favorite racing families and the two have already raced
together for 15 years. Both have demonstrated uncanny talent behind
the wheel, whether in go-karts, quarter midgets, limited supers,
midgets, or any other form of weapon.
Bobby chose to go forward with a
career as a racer and has drawn national acclaim. Erica, on the
other hand, has been a little less visible. She attended the
University of Massachusetts and is now a critical care nurse in
Boston. But her weekends have always been busy, as she continued in
In 2005, Erica made history racing to
an all-female podium at the Speedrome in Indianapolis with Stephanie
Mockler and Allison McLeod. It was the first in USAC history.
On July 10 of this year, Erica swept
the midget portion of the Xtreme Tuesday event at Stafford Speedway.
It was a wildly popular victory, the first ever by a woman in the
Northeastern Midget Association.
Howie Hodge, New England’s most
active racing photographer, was able to preserve Erica’s drive at
Stafford for perpetuity. He placed an in-car camera in her midget,
the clip was edited by his son Kevin, and it can be seen below.
Does that Erica go, or what?!
Clip - Ride
Along with Erica - Xtreme07b.wmv
Video by Howie Hodge - Edited by
© 2007 Lew
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