After the sudden departure of Al-Anabi Racing in the closing days of 2014, who unexpectedly announced the cessation of support of all North American racing ventures for 2015, the future of partner Alan Johnson Racing and their NHRA Top Fuel team was up in the air just one month before the season opener.
“We enjoyed our six years with Al-Anabi Racing, and we experienced great success,” team owner Alan Johnson said. “We appreciate the opportunity to compete for Al-Anabi Racing and thank Sheikh Khalid (Al-Anabi Racing team owner, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani) for everything he did for us. We had a great run, but now we must move on and focus on the future.
The team is still exploring sponsorship options for 2105 as sponsorship funding also came through the partnership with Al-Anabi. Johnson emphasized it’s important to the sponsorship search for the team to compete in Pomona, a race they won last season.
“We are going to Pomona with every intention of winning the Winternationals; we are in discussions with multiple entities about sponsoring our race team, and part of that process is showing the level of excellence at which our team competes,” said Johnson.
Langdon was the 2013 World Champion in Top Fuel, one of three world championships the team won during the last six seasons. They also won 42 races over that span with drivers Larry Dixon, Del Worsham, Langdon, and Khalid alBalooshi.
Due to the separation from Al-Anabi Racing, alBalooshi will no longer drive for Alan Johnson Racing.