Funny Car crew chief Brooks heading to Johnson's Top Fuel team


Aaron Brooks, the crew chief for Frank Hawley's Funny Car team at R2B2 Racing, is leaving at the end of the month to take a position with Alan Johnson's new two-car Top Fuel team in 2009, R2B2 Racing said Tuesday.

Brooks has earned a reputation as one of the top young tuners of nitromethane-fuel Funny Cars. This season, he and Hawley have earned a No. 1 qualifying position at the Carolinas Nationals in Charlotte and a final-round appearance at Reading, Pa.

Rob Centorbi, Brooks' assistant with Hawley, will join him on Johnson's team.

"While this is a fantastic opportunity for Aaron and Rob to learn under a legend, we are saddened to see them leave," said R2B2 Racing team owner Roger Burgess. "I wish them both the best of luck."