NHRA shocker: Qatar Racing Club suspends sponsorship, Al-Anabi plans TBD

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Al-Anabi Racing, one of the standout teams in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, faces an uncertain future after it was revealed Monday that the Qatar Racing Club has terminated its sponsorship.

A team release, posted by SpeedFreaks to its Facebook page, confirms the news.

It leaves the Alan Johnson-run team, with drivers Khalid alBalooshi and 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon and their respective crews, in a bind barely a month before the season opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, February 5-8.

Here’s the statement:

The Qatar Racing Club has terminated funding for all motorsports activities in North America. This decision includes the two-car Al-Anabi Racing Team operated by Alan Johnson Racing, the team announced today. The decision was made in the final days of 2014, and team members were notified this morning.

“We are obviously surprised and disappointed about this completely unexpected turn of events,” Alan Johnson Racing team owner Alan Johnson said. “Our plans for the 2015 NHRA season were nearing completion starting with pre-season testing next week in (West Palm Beach) Florida and the first race of the 2015 NHRA season a month from today in (Pomona) California. Many things are uncertain, and our situation is obviously still evolving. We are currently exploring our options, and we hope to have more news in the near future.”