Category: Top Fuel
Hometown: Mira Loma, Calif.
Date of birth: Sept. 3, 1982
Crew chiefs: Todd Okuhara, Phil Shuler
Team owner: Don Schumacher
2015 wins/runner-up finishes: 2/1
Career wins/ runner-up finishes: 11/14
2015 points finish: 6th
Best points finish: 1st (2013)
Playoff appearances: 7
First start: Pomona 1 2009
Career-best elapsed time: 3.662 seconds (Brainerd 2015)
Career-best speed: 334.15 mph (Reading 2012)
Social media: @ShawnLangdonTF, Twitter; Facebook.com/ShawnLangdonTF
Marital status: Single
Height/weight: 5'10", 190 lbs.
Hobbies: Bracket racing, baseball, golf, bowling
Notable: Won Super Comp national championship in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in 2007 and 2008; Won Super Comp title at JEGS Allstars in 2005 and 2006; Captured Division 7 Jr. Dragster title in 1999; Won National Jr. Dragster title in 14-year-old category in 1997; was standout baseball player in high school and chose racing career over college baseball scholarship offers
2015: Raced to two victories during the season (both at Pomona); joined Don Schumacher Racing for Countdown to the Championship; qualfied for the Countdown for seventh consecutive season
2014: Raced to one victory during the season at Bristol; Powered to runner-up finishes at five events; Claimed three No. 1 qualifying positions; Qualified for the Countdown to the Championship for the sixth consecutive season
2013: Won his first Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championship; Won seven races during the season including both Pomona events and the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis; Claimed seven No. 1 qualifying positions; Won the $100,000 Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel; Is the first NHRA racer to win championship titles in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, the Lucas Oil NHRA Drag Racing Series and the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
2012: Joined Alan Johnson Racing; Raced to first career victory at Charlotte 2 during Countdown playoffs; Claimed five No. 1 qualifying positions, including Indianapolis and three during Countdown playoffs; Posted runner-up finish at Seattle; Qualified for all 23 events
2011: Runner-up at Pomona 1; Advanced to Countdown playoffs and posted third straight top 10 points finish
2010: Posted two runner-up finishes in Countdown playoffs; Finished career-best fifth in points
2009: Was a finalist for the 2009 Auto Club Road to the Future Award with an impressive rookie class including Spencer Massey, Matt Hagan and Doug Horne; Advanced to his first career final (Charlotte) and claimed his first career No. 1 qualifying position (Las Vegas 1); Earned a spot in the Countdown playoffs
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS
Pomona 1 winner (Antron Brown)
Seattle runner-up (J.R. Todd)
Pomona 2 winner (Antron Brown)
Charlotte 1 runner-up (Antron Brown)
Topeka runner-up (Spencer Massey
Bristol winner (Doug Kalitta)
Norwalk runner-up (Antron Brown)
Sonoma runner-up (Khalid AlBalooshi)
St. Louis runner-up (Antron Brown)
Pomona 1 winner (Tony Schumacher)
Houston runner-up (Bob Vandergriff)
Topeka winner (Tony Schumacher)
Englishtown winner (Khalid alBalooshi)
Epping runner-up (Spencer Massey)
Sonoma winner (Morgan Lucas)
Indianapolis winner (Steve Torrence)
Dallas runner-up (Doug Kalitta)
Reading winner (Antron Brown)
Pomona 2 winner (Doug Kalitta)
Seattle runner-up (Steve Torrence)
Charlotte 2 winner (Tony Schumacher)
Pomona 1 runner-up (Morgan Lucas)
Dallas runner-up (Tony Schumacher)
Pomona 2 runner-up (Antron Brown)
Charlotte runner-up (Cory McClenathan)
Shawn Langdon has been hired to drive full time in 2016 for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season and that gives DSR a world champion in the cockpit of each of its three dragsters.
Langdon joins teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown in the DSR lineup, a trio that has combined to win the last four NHRA Top Fuel world championships; Brown (2012 and 2015), Langdon (2013) and Schumacher (2014).
Langdon, 33, competed for DSR during the six-race 2015 Countdown to the Championship playoff on loan from another team and signed in early December to compete full-time in 2016 for DSR.
Langdon joined DSR’s Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher team with crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler and closed the season by winning the NHRA Finals title at Pomona, Calif., for his first win with DSR and the second of the year for the Red Fuel team that ended the year ranked sixth and just one point out of fifth.
A new chapter opens at DSR as Langdon will become only the seventh driver to compete in Top Fuel for the seven-team organization since its inception in 1998.
“We are adding one of the best drivers in our sport and a quality young man to our lineup and nothing could make me happier,” said DSR owner Don Schumacher. “He’s a second generation driver from a great family and that fits in perfectly here.”
Langdon owns 12 NHRA Mello Yello event titles
“We’ve watched Shawn from his first days in Top Fuel and knew he would be a champion one day,” Don said. “I really got to know him at the end of this season when Alan Johnson allowed him to join us for the Countdown so both would have a chance to win another world championship.
“You couldn’t ask for a driver to interact better with his team and everyone at DSR. He is just a class act. He wanted to win a race so badly for the Red Fuel team and I was thrilled when he pulled that off at the Finals with Todd and Phil.”
Langdon is the only driver in NHRA history to own world championships in Top Fuel (2013), Super Comp (2007 and 2008) in Sportsman competition and the Jr. Drag Racing Series youth program (1997).
“I’m very excited about this new chapter in my life,” he said. “Don gave me the opportunity to race with DSR in the Red Fuel/Sandvik car at the end of this season so I got a taste of racing for DSR. It was perfect to end the season the way we did at Pomona in the Finals. Hopefully that’s a sign of what’s to come in 2016.”
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