AL-ANABI RACING NAMES BRIAN HUSEN DEL WORSHAM'S TOP FUEL CREW CHIEF; Rod Centorbi, Ronnie Thompson Fill Assistant Crew Chief Roles
BROWNSBURG, Ind. - - Brian Husen has been named the crew chief of Del Worsham's Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster, it was announced today. Rod Centorbi will remain the assistant crew chief on Worsham's team which is in the process of switching from Funny Car to Top Fuel.
Husen's promotion to crew chief on Worsham's team comes after two very successful years as the assistant crew chief on Larry Dixon's Top Fuel team that won the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship and finished second in 2009. Prior to joining the Al-Anabi Racing team, Husen, 37, worked alongside then assistant crew chief Jason McCulloch in coordinating team management and logistics on the way to winning five consecutive Top Fuel championships with the U.S. Army team. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich, Husen is a 15-year drag racing veteran.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Brian's capabilities heading Del Worsham's Top Fuel team," team manager Alan Johnson said. "I have worked with Brian for many years, and I am completely confident in his abilities to properly manage this race team. He has evolved into a solid manager with a deep understanding of how these cars operate, and I am sure he is ready to take this next step in his career."
"I'm very excited to have this opportunity," Husen said. "There aren't many people who get the chance to carry Alan's books for him, so I want to take advantage of my opportunity and make the most of it. I have learned so much from Alan (Johnson) and Jason (McCulloch) over the years, and I appreciate everything they have done to help prepare me for this next step in my career.
"We have a championship-caliber team from top to bottom; we just have to take all the parts and make them work together. If we fail, it'll be because we didn't get the job done, not because we didn't have something we needed. For the last 10 years, I've known that I really enjoy what I do and that if I wanted to be able to do this for the rest of my career, I had to give myself a chance to be in this position so I'm happy to be a crew chief and ready to get started. I am thankful for the confidence Alan (Johnson) has in me, and I'll do everything I can to make our team the best it can be."
"I'm totally psyched to have Brian on our team," Worsham said. "Brian brings a lot of Top Fuel experience over here which the rest of our team doesn't have. With Brian's Top Fuel knowledge and his experience working with Alan (Johnson) and Jason (McCulloch), he knows the Top Fuel side of the sport so having him on our team should make the transition to Top Fuel easier for the rest of our team.
"I'm also excited about Brian's promotion to crew chief. He's been working in this sport for a long time as an assistant crew chief working with Alan and Jason so this is a great opportunity for him. We're all happy for him and look forward to working together."
Centorbi served as the assistant crew chief on Worsham's Funny Car in 2009 and '10 and will retain his responsibilities. He was Worsham's interim crew chief for the final three races of the 2010 season; the remainder of Worsham's crew remains intact. Worsham finished sixth in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings after finishing seventh in 2009. Worsham is no stranger to Top Fuel racing. He competed in 22 races as a Top Fuel driver between 1993 and '95.
Ronnie Thompson has joined the Al-Anabi Racing team as the assistant crew chief on Dixon's Top Fuel team replacing Husen. Thompson will work alongside Jason McCulloch in tuning Dixon's dragster. Prior to joining the Al-Anabi Racing Team, Thompson was the assistant crew chief on Ron Capps' Funny Car with former crew chief Ed McCulloch.
"Ronnie is an excellent addition to the Al-Anabi Racing Team," Johnson said. "That group of guys has been together for a long time, and I think Ronnie will fit in very well. He has been in the sport for a long time, and he will be a great resource for Jason as that team looks to defend its 2010 championship."
-source: al-anabi racing team