Don Schumacher statement on Leah Pruett test

DON SCHUMACHER CLARIFIES BUZZ THAT 19-YEAR-OLD DRAG RACER LEAH PRUETT WILL DRIVE A DSR FUNNY CAR MOHNTON, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2007) - Team owner Don Schumacher today clarified some of the recent media buzz that 19-year-old Alcohol Altered...

DON SCHUMACHER CLARIFIES BUZZ THAT 19-YEAR-OLD DRAG RACER LEAH PRUETT WILL DRIVE A DSR FUNNY CAR

MOHNTON, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2007) - Team owner Don Schumacher today clarified some of the recent media buzz that 19-year-old Alcohol Altered and Nostalgia drag racer Leah Pruett, of Redlands, Calif., will test and/or drive a Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car in the future, including at next week's two-day NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series test session at O'Reilly Raceway Park outside of Indianapolis, Ind.

"Leah's got the desire, the drive and the determination to do it," said Schumacher, "and I'm looking to have her just make a couple of short little squirts, as we call them - 200- to 300-ft. passes at Indy during the test session - if we have time.

"The Indy test session is important to the whole DSR team for us to concentrate on trying to win championships and stay in the Countdown. So, that's our number-one goal. And, if we have some time, which I believe we'll have, depending on the weather, we'll put Leah in one of the Funny Cars just to see how she can handle it, and go from there.

"I really haven't made a determination for a driver for next year (to replace Gary Scelzi, who'll be taking a hiatus from the sport). We're getting closer to starting to think about that harder and who's going to be the person, and why. But there's been no determination at this point."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher , Leah Pruett