Helping drag racing continue its ascent as a global sport, Sheikh Khalid also built the Qatar Race Club, a world-class racing facility in the capital city of Doha, which annually hosts a large number of successful events. [...] we are still very involved with the sand drags. [...] do you also foresee a time when we have a true drag racing world championship similar to the World Cup of football with qualifying rounds in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and the Middle East? A:
For the Love of the Sport Al-Anabi team owner Sheikh Khalid is fueled by a passion for drag racing A t the risk of understating the obvious, Al-Anabi team owner His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Recently, Sheikh Khalid has found success as a driver, winning two of the first five events in the Hamad Al-Thani is one of the most Arabian Drag Racing League. Under influential figures not only in drag the guidance of his all-star crew, racing but also in all of which includes 12-time Top Alcohol motorsports. After all, how many Funny Car world champion Frank racers have been profiled in The Manzo, crew chief Howard Moon, Wall Street Journal? Or have had and chassis builder Tim McAmis, the opportunity to pilot an exotic Sheikh Khalid has made a number Formula One race car? A member of 3.6-second runs at speeds over of the ruling family in the Middle 207 mph, which are some of the East nation of Qatar, Sheikh quickest and fastest eighth-mile Pro Khalid is an intelligent, motivated Mod runs ever recorded. individual who has a clear-cut Helping drag racing continue vision for the future of his country. its ascent as a global sport, He is also true hot rodder at heart Sheikh Khalid also built the Qatar with a deeply rooted passion for Race Club, a world-class racing high-performance vehicles and a facility in the capital city of Doha, keen interest in the mechanical which annually hosts a large side of drag racing. number of successful events. To most fans in the U.S., the With a long-range plan to help most visible component of Al-Anabi grow the sport, including the Racing (which loosely translated construction of the multipurpose means “Go Team Maroon,” in Qatar Motor City facility, he says reference to the official color of the best is yet to come. Qatar) is the two-car nitro team run Sheikh Khalid doesn’t grant by Alan Johnson in the NHRA Full many interviews, preferring Throttle Drag Racing Series. The instead to allow the spotlight to team debuted in 2009, in which driver Larry Dixon won five shine on his various teams and drivers, but he recently events and came within two points of capturing his third Top took time from his busy schedule to talk with National Fuel world championship, and the team’s Funny Car driver, Del DRAGSTER Senior Editor Kevin McKenna. Sheikh Khalid Worsham, posted three wins and a respectable sixth-place was very candid about his passion for racing, the success finish. The Al-Anabi team also includes a stable of Pro Mod of the Al-Anabi team, and his vision to use motorsports as entries that compete at events around the world, including in the a platform to boost awareness and create business NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. opportunities in the Middle East. Q: I’d like to first know how you became interested in high-performance cars and drag racing. A: As a youngster I was always driven to competition in all types of sports: football [soccer], motorsports, and scuba diving, albeit recreational. Several of my friends and I would salvage cars together and race them out in the ruins. Once I was in a position to have extremely fast production cars I quickly decided that they need to be raced on the dragstrip so I did my homework and became involved with building the QRC [Qatar Race Club].
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