Race car drivers are often charitable, but drag racer Leah Pritchett really knows how to have some fun with it.
The NHRA Top Fuel driver for Don Schumacher Racing set out with primary sponsor Papa John’s Pizza to raise money for the Infinite Hero Foundation – an organization supporting veterans – and she and the pizza maker himself took to the track.
It’s not often you see a driver race his or her sponsor, but it made for some pretty entertaining – and unusual – footage when the two got behind the wheel during the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida last weekend.
Kicking off a season-long Charity Challenge Series consisting of five races, Pritchett and Papa John raced each other, but it wasn’t a totally unfair matchup. While Pritchett was in her drag racing Dodge Challenger, Papa John faced off against her in his gold 1971 Camaro, which he originally sold in 1983 to start the pizza chain and bought back in 2009.
The pair also raced last year in Indianapolis, and Pritchett handily beat Papa John.
Although the Infinite Hero Foundation wins with Papa John’s and Don Schumacher Racing each donating $10,000 every time Pritchett races the pizza conglomerate’s CEO, the losing driver this time had to wax the other’s car.
Pritchett came out on top this weekend, but their first rematch is set for April 29 at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in North Carolina.