Al-Anabi Racing hires Shawn Langdon

Updated: December 13, 2011, 7:54 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Shawn Langdon will replace three-time NHRA champion Larry Dixon in a Top Fuel dragster for Al-Anabi Racing, team officials announced Tuesday.

"This is one of the biggest moments of my life and the biggest moment of my racing career," Langdon said in a team news release. "To get a phone call from [team manger] Alan Johnson is probably one of the best phone calls you'll ever get, but it's a little intimidating, too.

"He runs such a high-caliber team and is one of the best tuners in the sport with 10 Top Fuel championships. It's a very big honor."

Dixon and Al-Anabi officials agreed to part ways last week. He won the 2010 Top Fuel title for Al-Anabi.

Langdon, 29 and a native of Mira Loma, Calif., drove for Morgan Lucas Racing the last three seasons. He has four runner-up finishes but has yet to win. Langdon finished ninth in the 2011 standings.

"Shawn's dedication to driving race cars at the highest level will be a great addition to the team," Johnson said in the release. "We're confident if we provide him with a championship-caliber car he will find a way to win."

Al-Anabi Racing still has one seat to fill. Del Worsham, who won the 2011 Top Fuel championship for the team, retired from driving a week after the season ended.

Terry Blount is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

Terry Blount

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