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NHRA: Leah Pritchett to face Papa John’s Pizza founder in charity race tonight in Indy


John Schnatter is used to having a lot of dough around, especially in his hands.

The man who built the Papa John’s pizza empire will now be boasting a lot of a different kind of dough as he and NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Leah Pritchett engage in a two-lane challenge Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Schnatter will be racing his classic and mint condition 1971 Chevrolet Camaro against Pritchett and one of her personal muscle cars.

The winner will receive $20,000, to be donated to their favorite charity. Schnatter has pledged $10,000, while Don Schmacher Racing – for whom Pritchett drives for – has pledged the other $10,000.

Pritchett made the original challenge in a Facebook post to Schnatter earlier this week.

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And Schnatter promptly accepted the challenge.

There’s also bragging rights on the line for both Schnatter and Pritchett, whose Top Fuel dragster is being sponsored by Papa John’s in this weekend’s U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”