Interview With Pro Drag Racer Leah Pruett

Professional drag racer Leah Pruett recently purchased a Supra SL550 so she can pursue her passion for wake surfing when she's not racing.

Interview With Pro Drag Racer Leah Pruett

Leah Pruett loves to drag race and wake surf. (Courtesy Leah Pruett/)

Leah Pruett is a professional drag racer who drives an NHRA Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing. When she’s not blasting in a straight line at speeds that can exceed 330 mph, she likes to unwind at about 10-12 mph behind her Supra SL 550. We caught up with Leah shortly after she took delivery of her custom-designed Supra to find out about her passion for wake surfing and being on the water.

You drive race cars at extreme speeds for a living. What attracts you to a sport like wakesurfing?

I can’t snowboard or ride my motocross bike because of fear of injury. With wake surfing, if I fall at 11 mph it doesn’t ruin my career.

You just bought a new boat. You must like wake surfing for more than just that.

Oh yes. Wake surfing has allowed me to feel the board and the wave. It has helped me become more in tune with my body, and therefore more in tune with my race car.

The SL 550 is set up for serious wakesurfing.
The SL 550 is set up for serious wakesurfing. (Courtesy Leah Pruett/)

Tell us more about your new Supra SL 550.

I spend half of my time in Arizona and half of my time in Indiana. I was introduced to Supra on a recent trip and fell in love with the boats. I partnered with Pro Wake in Indiana to custom build a boat. I brought it back with me to Arizona, where I live about two miles from the launch ramp at Lake Havasu.

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Pruett's NHRA Top Fuel dragster rockets down the strip.
Pruett's NHRA Top Fuel dragster rockets down the strip. (Courtesy Don Schumacher Racing/)

How does it compare to your race car?

The common denominator is the driver’s seat. The Supra’s dash provides me that same sense of control and ease of use. Just like in my car’s cockpit, everything has to come natural in order for me to do my job.

How often are you going surfing?

When I am not racing, I will be on the water every chance I get.

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Blink and you might miss the Technohull Omega 47, the new flagship of the Greek yard’s luxury performance RIB range.

A beefed-up back end offers the Technohull Omega 47 a top speed of 80 knots

With engine options which include twin inboards on surface drives, twin V12 600hp Mercury outboards or four of Mercury’s 450hp Racing motors the Technohull Omega 47’s top speed is a staggering 80 knots.

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Beam: 11ft 8in (3.6m)
Engines: Quad outboard or twin inboard up to 1,800hp
Top speed: 80 knots
Price from: €500,000-600,000 (ex. VAT)

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