By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Blake Alexander has confirmed the news that was swirling about a driver change for the 2020 season. Alexander has joined Head Racing to be their Funny Car pilot for the 2020 season.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native replaces Jonnie Lindberg.
One year ago, the young driver had purchased his own operation for the 2019 season. Then, now, at the end of the season, he has decided to enter into a partnership.
This new team will compete in 20 of the 24 races during the 2020 season. At this time, it is not clear on which four races he will miss.
Alexander will pilot the Funny Car, while Jim Head will tune it. Pronto Auto Parts and Head Contractors will be the sponsor.
In June, Alexander actually filled in for Lindberg at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee. He drove the car to a semifinals appearance in that race.
“I enjoyed working with Jim when I drove his car in Bristol and I’m happy to say that we will be merging and beginning a business partnership,” Alexander said. “I am looking forward to a successful relationship with Jim and his group for many years to come. I really appreciate the Wilkerson’s kindness and dedication in helping a young race team flourish in 2019.
“Tim is someone that I look up to. Krista and him together are no doubt role models, and people that I greatly respect. I look forward to seeing them, Daniel Wilkerson and my crew at the race track next season.”
In his first season back in Funny Car after competing in Top Fuel, Alexander went 4-12 with his round win-loss record.
Lindberg replaced Head’s son Chad Head — who is now the General Manager of Kalitta Motorsports — for the 2017 season.
“Firstly, I want to thank Jonnie Lindberg for his services since 2017. 10 years ago, Blake and his wife Leah came into my lounge at Pomona and asked me about driving my car,” said Head. “I told them I wasn’t looking for a driver — I was looking for a business partner. Blake has, no doubt, worked hard to get where he is now, and we are excited that our partnership will begin in 2020. Having an asset like Blake will help us succeed on and off the racetrack.”
Alexander has been partnered with Pronto Auto Parts the last two seasons. He was first with the brand when he competed in Top Fuel with Bob Vandergriff Racing, before the sponsorship moved to his Funny Car operation in 2019.
“We are excited to continue The Pronto Nitro Club promotion and hospitality area available for National Pronto Association membership and their customers in 2020,” said Robert Roos, President, National Pronto Association. “Many of our members take advantage of the NHRA experience, and we see great value in the promotion with their respective customer bases. We started doing one NHRA event with Blake five years ago. The program and the support from all involved parties has grown and been phenomenal.”