Leah Pruett’s career behind the wheel began at the age of eight – long before she could legally drive a car on public roads. As part of the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Jr. Drag Racing League, she distinguished herself by bringing home 37 trophies as a junior driver by the age of 16.
At 18 years of age, she built a Nostalgia Funny Car alongside her father, a former Bonneville Salt Flats record holder. During this period, she became the first woman to pilot a Nostalgia Funny Car to a five-second range run and the first to break the 250 MPH mark in the same car.
In 2010, she moved to a new racing team and took the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Funny Car points championship, besting the second-place finisher by almost 100 points.
Pruett made her NHRA Top Fuel debut in 2013 and earned recognition as a finalist for the NHRA Road to The Future award.
2018 was a breakout year for the then 20-year-old phenomenon. Pruett competed in the NHRA Factory Stock class and the full 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in the Top Fuel class simultaneously. She took the factory stock crown for the year and placed fourth in Top Fuel.
To date, she’s amassed eight career wins and 16 final rounds in the NHRA Top Fuel division.
An athlete at her core, she spends her non-racing hours wakeboarding, snowboarding, and playing golf.