Head Departs Al-Anabi Racing
December 5, 2012 | 10:00 A.M. EST
Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon will now also serve as Al-Anabi Racing director of operations on an interim basis. (Photo: NHRA Media)
Chad Head, the Al-Anabi Racing director of operations, is leaving the team to join his father’s business - Head, Inc.
He joined Al-Anabi Racing in 2008 and helped create the team that debuted in NHRA competition in 2009. Head will begin working with his father, Jim, at the beginning of 2013 as a full partner in the concrete paving business and will assume full ownership of Head Racing, the single-car team that fields a Nitro Funny Car for Jim Head in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Chad Head will drive the Head Racing Funny Car in January testing and if all goes well, he'll compete in a limited number of NHRA events on the 2013 schedule.
“I've enjoyed my time at Al-Anabi Racing, and I thank Sheikh Khalid and Alan Johnson for giving me this opportunity,” Head said. “When I was working with the IRL (Indy Racing League) in 2008 and wanted to get back into NHRA, Alan is the one who gave me the chance and I’ll always appreciate what he's done for me. There's always been a special bond between the Head and Johnson families. I’ll always cherish that relationship and look forward to it continuing.
“I wouldn’t be leaving if it wasn’t for the incredible opportunity my Dad has given me," Head said. "Working with Alan (Johnson) these last four years has prepared me to run my dad’s race team and I appreciate the valuable experience I've gained.”
Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon will assume Head’s duties at Al-Anabi Racing on an interim basis until a full-time replacement is hired. Langdon will oversee the day-to-day business operations at the team’s Brownsburg, Ind., shop. During race weekends, he'll focus only on his driving duties in the Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster.
“We're happy for Chad and the opportunity that's been presented to him, but we're sorry to see him leave," Johnson said. "Chad was the team’s first employee and he created the foundation for our team to win two Top Fuel world championships in four years. We're proud of what we have accomplished and we owe a lot of our success to Chad.”
Before joining Al-Anabi Racing, Head was director of operations for the IRL and earlier worked for the National Hot Rod Association as the manager of event planning.