Leah Christine Pruett is a well known American drag racer who presently drives an NHRA Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing. Prior to that, she was hired by Bob Vandergriff Racing, which closed its doors in April 2016.
|Full Name||Leah Christine Pruett|
|Birth Date||26 May 1988|
|Birth Place||Redlands, California, US|
|Life & Career|
Leah Pruett was born in Redlands, California, on 26 May 1988. Ron Pruett and Linda Pruett are her parents. Lindsey Pruett, her only sibling, is also a professional racer. Leah completed her high school education in Redlands, where she was born. After receiving a scholarship due to her athletic ability, she enrolled at California State University. She completed her studies at the University of San Bernardino.
Leah Pruett’s father, Ron Pruett, was a former drag racer who established the world record for land speed. Pruett and her sister would ultimately accompany their father to the races, and racing became a family event. At the age of 8, the Californian followed in her father’s footsteps and became a Junior level racer. Similarly, Leah won the NHRA Jr Dragster National Team Champion Racing championship when she was ten years old.
Pruett also won the Junior Dragster championship every year, and by year 2005, the Californian had won a total of 37 NHRA Jr titles. The blonde dragster got a license to compete in the NHRA’s Nitro Funny Car class after smashing the record for finishing a race in less than 5 seconds.
In year 2009, during the Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car race, the dragster established another another record, reaching 250 mph. In year 2011, she was hired by R2B2 Racing, and the following year, she repaid them with two back-to-back victories in the Pro Mod License.
Leah’s career high point occurred when she defeated Brittany Force at the NHRA National Championship in Arizona. The California dragster had taken over the media in February of 2016. As a consequence, numerous businesses were eager to sign a sponsorship agreement with her.
The Redlands native, on the other hand, made his official Top Fuel debut in 2013 and has remained a key force in the category ever since. Leah is a lady who has been given the mission of setting and breaking world records. Pruett ran 1000 feet in less than 3.6 seconds during the Nitro Spring Training event in Arizona in 2017, reaching a top speed of 331 mph. Despite being the quickest finish ever recorded, the race was not sanctioned by the NHRA, hence it is not on the national record list.
Leah also raced through the track in 3.6 seconds at 329 mph during the second qualifying session of the 2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals. Despite this, the American dragster broke a new world record in year 2018 by reaching 334 mph, which was a great achievement by her.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Pruett has garnered several prizes and accolades during her career. She was named the best ET of 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 333 miles per hour. Pruett is the first and only woman to win the drag racing world championship.
During a volleyball tournament in 2017, she got into a fight with Steve Torrence. She has stayed away from any kind of scandal since then. Her desire to quit Don Schumacher Racing has been rumored. She has not, however, issued any public statements in response to the reports.
Pruett was married to NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Gary Pritchett, who is a crew member for Torrence. On 31 July 2019, Leah and Gary filed for divorce in Hendricks County, Indiana. On 18 March 2021, she and retired NASCAR driver Tony Stewart announced their engagement via a series of synchronized Instagram postings on their respective profiles.
As of 2022, Leah’s net worth is estimated to be at $5 million. Her racing career has provided her with all of her fortune. She was one of the highest-paid racers at the Atlanta Dragway, earning $9500.
A seasonal triumph, on the other hand, earns a $10 million prize money, which is reduced to $5 million after distribution. Aside from them, Pruett is sponsored by Mopar Dodge Dragster, a lucrative relationship that pays her well.