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
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
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.