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Langdon To Drive For Al-Anabi

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, December 13 2011

Shawn Langdon will fill one of the empty Top Fuel seats at Al-Anabi Racing. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Shawn Langdon has joined Al-Anabi Racing, one day after three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Larry Dixon’s abrupt departure following a successful three-year tenure.

Langdon begins his Al-Anabi Racing employment immediately with the team owned by His Highness Sheik Khalid al Thani of Qatar and managed by Alan Johnson in Brownsburg, Ind.

“This is probably one of the biggest moments of my life and the biggest moments of my racing career,” Langdon said in a news release. “To get a phone call from Alan Johnson is probably one of the best phone calls you’ll ever get, but it’s a little intimidating, too. To get a call from the guy that runs such a high-caliber team, that’s one of the best tuners in the sport and that’s won 10 Top Fuel championships is a very big honor.

“I’ll be proud to fly the maroon colors for the country of Qatar, and I want to thank Sheik Khalid, Alan Johnson and everyone at Al-Anabi Racing for the opportunity. Hopefully, we can keep that No. 1 on one of the Al-Anabi cars for years to come.”

Dixon won the third of his Top Fuel world championships in 2010 for Al-Anabi, while Del Worsham earned his first title in 2011. With Worsham’s retirement from the cockpit on Nov. 21, Al-Anabi Racing still has one seat to fill as the team will field two Top Fuel cars for the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.

Langdon, 29, comes to Al-Anabi Racing from Morgan Lucas Racing, where he drove the last three years beginning with his rookie season in 2009. In his 69 career NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series starts, Langdon has four runner-up finishes but has yet to win his first race. He placed ninth in the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings this year, fifth in 2010 and ninth in 2009. Langdon also won the NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp championship in 2007 and ’08. The Mira Loma, Calif., native lives near Indianapolis.

“All of us at Al-Anabi Racing and Alan Johnson Racing are excited to welcome Shawn to our team,” said Johnson, Alan Johnson Racing owner and a 14-time NHRA national champion. “We look forward to sharing with Shawn the elements of our organization that have helped us win races and championships. Shawn’s dedication to driving race cars at the highest level will be a great addition to the team of crew members that will prepare his car with that same enthusiasm. Shawn has yet to win a Top Fuel race, but we are confident if we provide him with a championship-caliber car he will find a way to win.”

Al-Anabi Racing operates out of multiple locations in both the United States and Qatar. Its Brownsburg-based operation is a two-car NHRA Top Fuel team. Sheik Khalid Al Thani’s goal is to promote the domestic and international awareness of motorsports in the nation of Qatar via drag racing.

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, December 13 2011
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