By Jim Peltz Feb 03, 6: Funded by a speed-loving prince from the ruling family of the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, the team's shiny dragsters and its crews' crisp uniforms featured striking maroon, gold and silver colors that bespoke their deep-pocketed commitment to winning. And win they did. After the prince, Sheik Khalid Al Thani, formed a team in with famed drag-racing crew chief Alan Johnson, his team won championships in top fuel — the most elite class of dragsters — in , and with three different drivers. Also in , Al Thani signed a five-year contract extension with Johnson.
Nowadays, a stopover does not have to be Bangkok, Singapore, or Hong Kong. At present, Emirates, in company with the Dubai Government, is working hard to lure you to the centre of its travelling universe. Unfortunately, for most travellers, the plane change at Dubai International usually means a few hours cruising the terminal. But, those who plan their attack a little better might find that a few days hanging out in the Middle East could just satiate their appetite for drag racing in exotic locales.
Al-Anabi Racing's sudden departure causes ripple effects in drag racing
The championship-winning engine builder will prepare and tune the nitrous-assisted Al-Anabi doorslammers in the Middle East this winter. Right now, the schedule is five races in Bahrain and five races in Qatar. In between races, Musi is looking forward to a rigorous testing program on the QRC dragstrip, considered by many drivers and crew chiefs to be one of the nicest racing surfaces in the world.