Thursday, January 10, 2013


NHRA Top Fuel team Dote Racing has announced that former NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series champion and multiple NHRA Pro Mod national event winner Leah Pruett will drive the family-owned dragster in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team’s partial schedule will begin in Pomona in February. Pruett, 24, who began obtaining her Top Fuel crossover license in late 2012 with Dote Racing, will complete her licensing requirements later this month. Based in Monroe, Ohio, the Dote Racing team is led by veteran crew chief Doug Kuch, who tuned the team to two semifinal finishes in 2012, in addition to qualifying the car in the ultracompetitive field at all 11 events that Dote Racing entered. The team is actively seeking sponsorship for 2013 and beyond, with eyes on expanding its limited schedule to full-season competition. The opportunity for Pruett comes on the heels of her highly successful two-year stretch as a Pro Mod pilot for R2B2 Racing. While at R2B2 for nearly two seasons, Pruett kept her Funny Car license active by driving the team’s Funny Car, tuned by Aaron Brooks and John Medlen, at multiple test sessions throughout 2011 and competed in Funny Car at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals in Reading. Most recently, Pruett scored three national event titles in the challenging NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. She also earned the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series championship in Nostalgia Funny Car after wins at the famed March Meet and Hot Rod Reunion while driving for legendary tuner and chassis builder Steve Plueger. The 2013 season will mark Pruett’s 17th consecutive year competing in the NHRA, and she will be eligible for the rookie of the year honors in the NHRA Mello Yello Series. Please visit for more on this story.

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