BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Brian Husen, the former assistant crew chief for NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, has been named the crew chief of Del Worsham’s Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster.
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.
Prior to joining the Al-Anabi Racing team, Husen, 37, worked alongside then assistant crew chief Jason McCulloch in coordinating team management and logistics at Don Schumacher Racing. 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,” said team manager Alan Johnson. “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.”
Centorbi served as the assistant crew chief on Worsham’s Funny Car in 2009-10 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.
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 McCulloch in tuning Dixon’s dragster. Prior to joining the Al-Anabi Racing, Thompson was the assistant crew chief on Ron Capps’ Funny Car with former crew chief Ed McCulloch.