AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Leah Pritchett will be driving a special NHRA Top Fuel dragster decked out in honor of the new Mopar HEMI-powered 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for the next two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.
The Demon paint scheme will debut this weekend in the June 2-4 NHRA New England Nationals and will race again following week at Englishtown, N.J., during the Summernationals. Pritchett’s firesuit and crew shirts will also sport Demon branding.
The limited-production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the first production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and it’s the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph, as certified by NHRA. It also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.
Pritchett already has been a demon to competitors in Top Fuel this year through eight events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar for Don Schumacher Racing by winning three events, setting the world elapsed time record, winning two poles and resting atop the Mello Yello standings after all but one event driving the gold Papa John’s Pizza dragster that will have her ranked No. 1 to start the New England Nationals.
“We get to represent the quickest, non-modified production car with the Demon, and we get to do it on the track in the quickest, modified, non-production car on the planet,” said Pritchett. “Both are No. 1 in their own right. For our team to be able to represent the Demon lets us pay homage to what Mopar, Dodge and Pennzoil stand for: power, legacy and the future.”
The 29-year-old Southern California native living near Indianapolis has a special affinity for the Demon.
Pritchett was involved in testing the Demon and added her 330-mph touch to its development before the Demon was introduced in April at the New York International Auto Show.
“My role in development of the Demon started at the Englishtown track last year and it will be very cool to see it come full circle when I drive my 330-mph Demon Top Fueler this weekend at Epping and then take it to Englishtown,” she said.
She won’t have trouble temporarily adjusting from her gold Papa John’s dragster to the black and red Demon dragster for two weeks.
“The gold is in the heart of our entire team, but this new dragster will bring out our inner demon.”