Jonnie Lindberg, a finalist in his nitro debut at the 2017 Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals, will fly the familiar colors of Landmeco during this year’s event on March. Lindberg’s Head Racing entry was rebuilt following a harrowing two-car accident last month in Phoenix. Sporting a new Ford Mustang body, Lindberg will return to action in Gainesville with the support of longtime backer, Landmeco, a sponsor during both of his Top Alcohol Funny Car national championships in 2015-16.
“The crash was a set-back for our team, but we’ve already got the car rebuilt, with a Mustang body, and we’re ready to get back out there and chase my first nitro win,” said Lindberg. “My friend, Karsten Andersen, owns Landmeco, and he has been one of my biggest supporters. Landmeco played a big role of my success after I set the national record [5.36] in Charlotte, and they were a big part of my two [NHRA Top Alcohol] championships, so I’m happy to have their support for the first time on our nitro Funny Car. Having their name on the car has brought me a lot of good luck.”
Based in Denmark, Landmeco is the Scandinavia’s largest producer of equipment for the poultry industry. The company is managed an partially-owned by Karsten Andersen, who often makes the trip from Denmark to NHRA events in the U.S. to work as part of Head’s crew.
“Jim loves it when Karsten is here because he’s very smart and he works hard,” said Lindberg. “He’s much more than just a sponsor; he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, and he fits in really well with our team. I wish we could have him at all 24 races.”
“Our hope is to make the Landmeco brand just a bit more well known in the U.S. by supporting one of the biggest sports in the country,” Andersen said. “Landmeco has just attended IPPE in Atlanta, which is a big poultry exhibition, with the hope of finding dealers in the U.S. Landmeco is a new-comer and an underdog just like Jonnie Lindberg so the match seems just right.”
The Phoenix accident notwithstanding, Lindberg is off to a fast start in 2018 with back-to-back quarterfinal finishes at the first two events. Lindberg nearly matched his career-best with a 3.866 and enters Gainesville as the No. 7 ranked driver in the ultra-competitive Funny Car class. After spending the better part of the last three weeks preparing a new car, Lindberg doesn’t expect to have any lingering effects from the accident.
“We know we have a good combination and I qualified fifth in Phoenix, so I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t pick up right where we left off.,” Lindberg said. “Our goal is a top ten finish and I still think we can get there.”