Johnson Gets Extension With Al-Anabi
The current drivers began driving for the team in 2012, and this year, Langdon and the silver Al-Anabi team enter this week’s U.S. Nationals leading the field by 121 points while alBalooshi and the gold Al-Anabi team enter the U.S. Nationals in fifth place in the point standings. To date, the team has won 36 races including two races the team won in Funny Car before Worsham made the switch to Top Fuel for the 2011 season.
“We are very excited to be able to extend our relationship with Sheikh Khalid and Qatar,” Langdon said. “This year is my second with the team, and we’ve had two great years. We are all looking forward to the future and being able to continue winning races, and hopefully championships, to continue the winning tradition of the Al-Anabi Racing Team. We appreciate the additional commitment Sheikh Khalid and the State of Qatar have made in our race team, and we’ll continue to do our best for them.”
“This news is a very good thing for Al-Anabi, for Sheikh Khalid, all of the team, and the Qatari government,” alBalooshi said. “We all want to help the sport keep growing, and I want everyone to know about Al-Anabi Racing. This team won two championships and missed one by two points in the first year. This year, the team is No 1 in points and No. 5 in points. The team did a very good job in the first five years, and I hope the next five years will be even better than the first five. I know everyone on our team thanks Sheikh Khalid for this opportunity.”
During Al-Anabi’s first five years, the team hosted interns from Qatar’s Texas A&M campus, a part of Education City in Doha, Qatar. The interns, who were Texas A&M engineering students, split their time in the United States between NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events and the Alan Johnson Performance Engineering shop in California where race engine components are designed and manufactured providing real-life examples of the things they learned in their engineering major. The team also hosted countless groups of Qatari students who were in the United States for a variety of reasons as well as high school students from Chicago who traveled to Qatar to study water resource management; those students continued to work with their Qatari counterparts long after their trip.
Earlier this season, the team hosted faculty and staff from the College of the North Atlantic, one of the largest post-secondary educational and skills training centers in Atlantic Canada with 17 campus locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador as well as one in Doha, Qatar. Last winter, these instructors and students formed a race team that competed in the Arabian Drag Racing League and won a race. The program was an effort to take racing off the streets of Qatar and focus on allowing people to race their street cars on the race track in a safe, controlled atmosphere.