Larry Dixon, a three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion who won his third title in 2010 at Al-Anabi Racing, will not return to the team in 2012, sources confirmed Wednesday.
Dixon, 45, joined the new Al-Anabi team in 2009 after 14 seasons as a Top Fuel driver for Don Prudhomme. Dixon won championships for Prudhomme in 2002 and 2003.
When contacted Wednesday team officials at Al-Anabi would not confirm Dixon's departure.
"What I can tell you is Al-Anabi Racing will continue to be a two-car operation in 2012 with the two Top Fuel dragsters," team spokesman Rob Goodman said. "We hope to have all our plans announced very soon."
Al-Anabi Racing will have two new drivers next season. Del Worsham won the NHRA Top Fuel championship this season for Al-Anabi Racing, but announced his retirement from driving the week after the season finale at Pomona, Calif.
Dixon finished fourth in the NHRA Countdown playoff this season in the other Al-Anabi car.
The team is owned by Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar. Legendary NHRA tuner Alan Johnson runs the operation.
"We are still finalizing our plans for the 2012 season," Johnson says on the team's website. "Moving into next season with our two-car team, we will continue to bring awareness of our great sport onto the international scene, continue to build championship teams, and give our fans an amazing show."
Terry Blount is a senior writer for ESPN.com.