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HOW TO DRIVE A 3.6-SECOND TOP FUEL CAR - VIDEO

By Aiden Taylor, 01 Jun 2017 Drag Racing

Here's how Leah Pritchett set the new NHRA Top Fuel record with a 3.65 @ 329mph

Leah Pritchett Top Fuel record wide

LEAH Pritchett is currently the quickest person in NHRA Top Fuel racing, having run a 3.65-second ET over 1000ft at an eye-watering 329.34mph.

Having started out in junior dragsters when she was eight years old, Leah has since raced in just about everything. From building a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car with her dad Ron, a former Bonneville record holder – which she set the world record in – Leah moved through Pro Mods and now big bad Top Fuelers with Don Schumacher Racing, the most successful team in the history of the NHRA.

The 28-year-old Californian began racing for DSR this year after her former Top Fuel team Bob Vandergriff Racing folded just after Leah won her first Mello Yello Top Fuel title at the 2016 Las Vegas round.

Leah has since been lighting up the timing boards with her Don Schumacher Racing Top Fueler, and is now the world record holder. As you can see in the video, there is a fair bit of preparation and time involved in getting the 11,000hp blown monster from the staging lanes to being ready to rocket down the track at over 300mph! Check out the cool video from the guys at Hoonigan to see what goes into it all.