BROWNSBURG, Ind. – official team release — NHRA photo —
Don Schumacher has selected Khalid alBalooshi to drive the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing beginning Friday during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
alBalooshi, a Los Angeles resident and citizen of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, won four NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel events from 2012 through 2014 while driving for Alan Johnson Racing.
After AJR cut back to one team to start this season, alBalooshi, 36, has competed part-time in NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, where he won the world championship in 2011.
“We’re excited that DSR was able to get a driver with Khalid’s credentials to drive our Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel dragster in the U.S. Nationals,” Schumacher said. “Khalid does an outstanding job of representing NHRA drag racing and is a great international ambassador for our sport. He is a proven, versatile racer and showed that by quickly adapting to Top Fuel where he was very successful.
“It’s important to me that our Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel team will continue to compete for wins this year. I’m excited that our team will continue and with Khalid they are more than capable of winning these last seven races.”
alBalooshi takes over the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel seat on the team led by crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler. The team won this year’s NHRA Gatornationals, the third race of the year.
“I was surprised a bit when I got the call from Don Schumacher, and I am very excited to be able to drive one of the top cars,” alBalooshi said. “I have been good friends with Phil for a long time and know Todd. It is a very good team.
“We will try our very best and want to make everybody at Don Schumacher Racing happy.”
alBalooshi replaces previous driver Spencer Massey, who was released by the team late Friday.
CREDIT: Don Schumacher Racing