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Papa John visits BIR

With the slogan, "Better ingredients. Better pizza. Papa John's," John Schnatter, known to most worldwide as simply Papa John, has made his mark in the fast food franchise industry by creating a product that has stood the test of time.

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With the slogan, "Better ingredients. Better pizza. Papa John's," John Schnatter, known to most worldwide as simply Papa John, has made his mark in the fast food franchise industry by creating a product that has stood the test of time.

Schnatter has partnered with the NHRA, sponsoring Leah Pritchett, a Top Fuel racer for the Don Schumacher dragster team. Pritchett lost her main sponsor recently and when Schnatter heard from a friend about her situation he offered to be her replacement sponsor.

Schnatter was on hand to watch Pritchett and the rest of the DSR racing team compete in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals this past weekend. Although he is no stranger to Minnesota, having visited several of his restaurants here over the years, Schnatter said this was his first time in the Brainerd lakes area.

"It's beautiful from the air, Schnatter said. "I really like that (the raceway) is close to the water, this venue is different from the other ones I have been to.

"It's been interesting watching the people drive up in all kinds of stuff.

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Papa John's also has a relationship with Major League Baseball and former NFL player Peyton Manning, who stars in several commercials for the franchise.

"He's just the greatest, you won't find any better and he has a great family as well," Schnatter said. "I've met his wife Ashley and their kids."

Ever wonder if Papa John still eats pizza after nearly 33 years in the business?

"Of course, I have pizza two to three times a week," Schnatter said. "My favorite is on the menu as John's Favorite," which is pepperoni, sausage, a six-cheese blend and Italian seasoning.

Schnatter believes that building these relationships with the MLB, NFL, and now NHRA all have played a role in the continued successes for his franchise.

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