Alan Johnson Racing:  Owner

Residence:  Santa Maria, Calif.
Hometown:  Santa Maria, Calif.
Date of birth:  March 22, 1958
Career Top Fuel Race Wins through 2017: 132
Best points finish as team owner: 1 (1997, ’98, 2000, '10 '11, '13)
Best points finish as tuning consultant: 1 (2017)
Best points finish as Top Fuel crew chief: 1 (1997, ’98, 2000, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07 and ’08)
NHRA Top Fuel Championships: 12
NHRA National Championships Overall: 16

PERSONAL INFORMATION


  • Owns and operates Alan Johnson Performance Engineering (AJPE), building cylinder heads blocks and other engine components for both automobile and boat race teams.
  • Owner:  Alan Johnson Racing  
  • Alumnus of Cal Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Hobbies:  golf, snow skiing.
  • Notable: The AJR team is working toward future partnerships to use its assets and innovative technology to bring next generation Top Fuel pilots and marketing partners into the winners circle.
  • CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2017:  Served as tuning consultant for John Force Racing driver Brittany Force and led the Monster Energy Team to the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship. It was Johnson's 12th NHRA Top Fuel World Championship and his 16th NHRA National Championship. Force became the sixth different driver to win a Top Fuel Championship with Johnson's guidance. The others were Gary Scelzi (1997,'98,and 2000), Tony Schumacher ('04,'05,'06,'07 and '08), Larry Dixon (2010), Del Worsham (2011), and Shawn Langdon (2013). Force won four races in six final rounds; won three of the six Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoff races and she won the title after starting the Countdown as the sixth seed.

  • 2016:  Served as consultant for Steve Torrence Racing and John Force Racing creating an informal strategic alliance between the two teams which finished third and sixth in the final NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings, respectively.  Led Steve Torrance Racing driver Steve Torrence to third-place finish in final point standings; Torrence recorded three wins, five runner-up finishes and nine No. 1 qualifiers.  Torrence set national elapsed-time record with 3.671-second pass in Sonoma, Calif.  Led John Force Racing driver Brittany Force to sixth-place finish in final point standings; Force raced to three wins, two runner-up finishes and two No. 1 qualifiers.  Force became sixth driver to capture first-career Top Fuel win with Johnson’s guidance. Others were Blaine Johnson (1995), Gary Scelzi (1997), Bruce Sarver (2000), Shawn Langdon (2012) and Khalid alBalooshi (2012).

  • 2015:  After unexpectedly losing team sponsorship a month before the season began, made decision to reduce team to one car and self-fund single-car operation with Shawn Langdon driving; won season-opening Circle K Winternationals and made then-quickest run in NHRA history (3.700 seconds); Toyota Motor Sales increased its involvement prior to season’s third race allowing team to compete while searching for primary sponsor; improved quickest run in NHRA history with 3.662-second pass at Brainerd, Minn., in August; team completed regular season and was sixth seed for Countdown to the Championship NHRA Playoffs but temporarily withdrew from NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing competition until primary sponsorship could be found; served as consultant for Steve Torrence Racing two-car team for six season-ending Countdown races.   

  • 2014:  Led silver Alan Johnson Racing team to fourth-place finish in final NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings with driver Shawn Langdon and crew chief Brian Husen; silver team won a race and recorded five runner-up finishes; led gold Alan Johnson Racing team to eighth-place finish in final NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings with driver Khalid alBalooshi and crew chief Jason McCulloch; gold team won two races and recorded two runner-up finishes.

  • 2013:  Led silver Alan Johnson Racing team to 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship with Shawn Langdon driving and Brian Husen as crew chief winning seven races in 11 final-round appearances; led Alan Johnson Racing team to third NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championship in five years since team resumed operation in 2009; earned 11th-career Top Fuel Championship and 15th overall NHRA national championship; oversaw gold team with Khalid alBalooshi driving and Jason McCulloch as crew chief; gold Alan Johnson Racing team won a race and finished eighth in final point standings in alBalooshi’s second season as Top Fuel driver; overall, team won eight Top Fuel titles in 24 NHRA national events.

  • 2012:  Led transition to two new drivers as two-time NHRA Super Comp Champion and Fourth-year Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon joined the team along with 2011 NHRA Pro Mod champion and Top Fuel rookie Khalid alBalooshi.  Both drivers captured first-career Top Fuel victory with Langdon and crew chief Brian Husen finishing fourth and alBalooshi and crew chief Jason McCulloch 11th in the final NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings. 

  • 2011:  Led Alan Johnson Racing's transformation to two Top Fuel dragster teams with Funny Car driver Del Worsham moving from Funny Car to Top Fuel; led Worsham and crew chief Brian Husen to the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship winning eight races in 11 final rounds including the season’s final two races.  Led Larry Dixon and Crew Chief Jason McCulloch to fourth-place finish in NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings.  

  • 2010:  Led driver Larry Dixon and crew chief Jason McCulloch's Top Fuel dragster to the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel Championship, his 13th NHRA National Championship; Top Fuel team was undefeated in final rounds at 12-0, an NHRA first; led Del Worsham's Toyota Funny Car to a sixth place finish in the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car point standings.

  • 2009: After a six-year hiatus, Alan Johnson Racing resumes operation as a two-car NHRA team fielding a Top Fuel Dragster and a Funny Car.  Larry Dixon won five races and finished second in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel points standings, just two points out of first place; Del Worsham won three races and finished seventh in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car point standings.

  • 2008:  Led Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel team as crew chief at Don Schumacher Racing winning his fifth consecutive NHRA Top Fuel championship; teamed with Schumacher to set records for consecutive wins (7), wins in a season (15) and consecutive round wins (31).  Late in the season, Johnson announced he would leave Schumacher Racing at the end of the season to return to the role of team owner. 

  • 2007:  Won fourth consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship, then an NHRA record, clinching the title on the last pass of the last race of the season.  The team won six races but also lost in the first round 12 times.

  • 2006: Johnson’s U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster seemed out of championship contention trailing first place by 336 points in the middle of the season.  The team went on a tear and climbed back into contention for the season’s final race.  To clinch the crown, Johnson and Schumacher had to win the season finale and set the national elapsed-time record.  Johnson’s 2006 championship will be forever remembered for “The Run;” the national record-setting run on the final pass at the last race of the season that gave Johnson’s team the title. The memorable 4.428 second pass is regarded as the greatest single run in NHRA history by many drag racing historians.  It was the team’s third consecutive championship. 

 

  • 2005:  Johnson led Schumacher’s Top Fuel dragster to its second consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship winning nine races.  The 2005 campaign included then NHRA single-season records for consecutive wins (5), consecutive final rounds (7), consecutive round wins (20) and overall No. 1 qualifiers (11) and largest margin of victory for a Top Fuel championship (415). 

  

  • 2004: In his first full season with Don Schumacher Racing, Johnson and Schumacher won 10 races together, then a Top Fuel record.  The team also captured the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship.

 

  • 2003: After the Schumacher-driven U.S. Army dragster struggled in the first nine events of the 2003 season, Don Schumacher hired Johnson as the team’s crew chief. The hire immediately paid off as Johnson guided the Army dragster to a win in his first event. Schumacher earned the Top Fuel trophy four times in 2003 en route to a third-place finish in points.

 

  • 2002:  Alan Johnson Racing fielded only one Funny Car team with Gary Scelzi driving for the first half of the year.  Johnson changed drivers mid season; Bruce Sarver finished the season in the car.

   

  • 2001: Final season of the Team Winston Top Fuel dragster with Scelzi in the cockpit; finished fifth in the NHRA Winston Drag racing Top Fuel point standings.  The team also fielded the E-Moola Funny Car driven by Bruce Sarver.

 

  • 2000:  Won the NHRA Winston Top Fuel championship for the third time in four seasons with Gary Scelzi driving.  Won an NHRA-record-tying nine Top Fuel races; led category with nine No. 1 qualifying positions; was never lower than third in the point standings; named Car Craft Magazine Crew Chief of the Year.  The team also fielded the E-Moola Funny Car driven by Bruce Sarver.

 

  • 1999:  Finished second in points in the Team Winston Top Fuel dragster with Gary Scelzi driving; won the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout; led category with six No. 1 qualifying positions; established Top Fuel career-best elapsed time with 4.480-second pass.

 

  • 1998: Won second consecutive NHRA Winston Drag Racing Top Fuel championship and six races with Gary Scelzi driving; first crew chief to eclipse 325 mph; named Parts America Crew Chief of the Year.

 

  • 1997:  Won the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Top Fuel championship with rookie driver Gary Scelzi at the wheel.  The team won five races including the first two of the season and advanced to at least the semifinals in the season’s first 11 races, en route to first professional championship; named Car Craft Magazine Crew Chief of the Year.

 

  • 1996: Won four NHRA Winston Drag Racing events in 1996 with the late Blaine Johnson driving.  No. 1 qualifier 11 times; tuned car to then all-time lowest elapsed time: 4.59 seconds, July 6, Topeka; tuned car to then all-time fastest speed: 313.15 mph, July 7 at Topeka.

 

  • 1995: Finished fifth in points in first full NHRA Winston Top Fuel season.

  • 1994: Began NHRA Winston Top Fuel competition, running 14 events; made first pass in the 4.70s at Winston Select Invitational, Rockingham, N.C.
  • Four-time NHRA Winston Top Alcohol dragster champion, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993.
  • Five-time NHRA Division Top Alcohol dragster champion, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993.