Leah Pritchett Bio
Hometown: Redlands, Calif.
Residence: Avon, Ind.
Birthday: May 26, 1988
NHRA Top Fuel driver: best time 3.640 sec (Brainerd, 2017), top speed 331.19 seconds
NHRA event pro titles: 8 (5 Top Fuel, 3 Pro Modified)
Education: Cal State San Bernardino graduate: communication major with business minor
Marital status: Married (husband Gary is car chief for Steve Torrence in Top Fuel)
Height/weight: 5-9, 125 lbs.
Hobbies: Wake surfing, physical fitness, volleyball, motocross, snowboarding, surfing, traveling.
Notable: Holds NHRA competition licenses Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Mod, Factory Stock, Special Fuel (Nostalgia Funny Car)
• 2017: Finished 5th in the NHRA Mello Yellow World Championship Standings as her first full year of competition.
• 2017: Delivered 4 National event wins, 6 low qualifiers, and reset the Top Fuel national e.t. record twice.
• 2017 Began driving for Don Schumacher Racing with partners Papa John’s Pizza, MOPAR, and Pennzoil
• 2016: Drove the Nitro Ninja Top Fuel dragster for Lagana Racing while securing funding
• 2016: Won first Top Fuel title Feb. 28, Phoenix; career best speed of 329.19 mph at Houston
• 2015: Raced to career first Top Fuel runner-up finish in Atlanta; raced to semifinal appearance at Charlotte 2; Ran for career-bests in time and speed during the season
• 2014: Raced to a Top Fuel semifinal appearance in Las Vegas 2; ran for career-bests in time and speed at Las Vegas 2
• 2013: Raced to a Top Fuel semifinal appearance in Topeka; ran career bests for time, 3.812 seconds in Phoenix and a career best for speed at 319.98 mph at Reading
• 2012: Winner of the O'Reilly Auto Parts National Event (Charlotte 2) in Pro Mod for R2B2 Racing; Runner-up at the zMAX 4-Wide Nationals (Charlotte 1) in Pro Mod; collected one No. 1 qualifying position; finished her first full professional season in sixth place in the NHRA Pro Mod Racing Series Championship.
• 2011: Joined R2B2 Racing; earned Pro Mod license, and collected her first national event win at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals (Charlotte 2), followed up by her second national event win at the Las Vegas Big O Tires National Event in Pro Mod.
• 2010: Winner of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championship in Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car, with wins including the famed NHRA March Meet consisting of a 32-car field, as well as winning the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, CA.
• 2009: Set world record for fastest Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car, being the first person to break the 250-mph barrier.
• 2008: Earned NHRA Nitro Funny Car license with Don Schumacher Racing.
• 2007: Became first woman to run a 5-second elapsed time in a Nostalgia Funny Car.
• 2006: Earned one win and two semifinals finishes in the 7-second class of Nostalgia Eliminator 1.
• 1997-2005: Earned 37 career NHRA Jr. Dragster titles in eight years of competition.
• 2003: NHRA national event runner-up at Bandimere .
• 2002: NHRA Division 7 regional Jr. Dragster Champion.
• 2001: Division 7 Jr. Dragster Series Champion
• 2000: Division 7 Jr. Dragster Series Champion and Rialto Track Champion
• 1999: Division 7 Jr. Dragster champion (8- to 9-year-old class)
• 1998: NHRA Jr. Dragster National Team Champion for Rialto Raceway
• 1996: Began drag racing at the age of 8.