NHRA: Leah Pritchett has 2 things in mind in 2017: Top Fuel title and pizza!

Photo courtesy Don Schumacher Racing

You might say NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series Top Fuel racer Leah Pritchett is the quickest pizza delivery person around.

During last weekend’s preseason test for Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in suburban Phoenix, Pritchett recorded the quickest unofficial run in NHRA history over a 1,000-foot drag strip at 3.654 seconds.

Now comes word Wednesday that Pritchett will have Papa John’s Pizza as primary sponsor of her Don Schumacher Racing dragster for most of the 2017 season, which begins with this weekend’s Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, California.


Papa John’s will serve as primary sponsor for Pritchett for 20 of this season’s 24 races. The other four races, Papa John’s will serve as an associate sponsor.

In addition, Papa John’s has signed a deal to become the “Official Pizza of the NHRA” in 2017.

Pritchett, who was sponsored for two races by Papa John’s last season, becomes the first female athlete to be sponsored by the pizza brand.

“Last year was the start to a great partnership with Papa John’s,” Pritchett said in a statement. “I’m excited to continue racing my Papa John’s dragster that represents what the Pizza Family has evolved into over the last 32 years.”

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