Co-Naming Rights Sponsors

Zappia Racing are proud to represent Fuchs Lubricants Australia and Dananni Haulage in the Australian ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship Series, and the Thunder 400 Australian Professional Drag Racing Series. The Fuchs/Dananni "Crusher" HQ Monaro is Australia's quickest slammer, holding the ANDRA National Record of 5.693 seconds, and the Thunder 400 National Record of 5.635 seconds. John "Zap" Zappia is the current 10-times back-to-back ANDRA National Champion, and the Reigning 400 Thunder Pro Slammer National Champion.

Major Sponsors

Zappia Racing thanks the above Major Sponsors for their continued support and sponsorship. Dananni Hotshots provide Zap with travel sponsorship for the transporter. Southside Engine Centre is the machine shop of choice for Zappia Racing, having sponsored the team for over 25 years. Noonan Race Engineering provide Zap with billet X1 Noonan cylinder heads and billet light weight rocker covers. Hoosier Racing Tires supplies John Zappia with tyres and technical assistance to set national Records. Crow Cams have a long association with Zap with camshaft supply.

Supporting Sponsors

For more details on the Supporting Sponsors and links to their web sites go to "Sponsors" in the top menu.

Latest News

56655ca3-5d0c-46f7-ae79-6e93b70ab086

Zappia resets national record at Sydney Dragway

On a record breaking weekend for Pro Slammers in Australia, John Zappia has shown he is still the king of performance in the Fuchs Monaro.

Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway was a feast of incredible numbers, with a revamped track surface proving it could hold anything thrown at it by the best doorslammers in the country. Personal bests came thick and fast but there was one run that stood out.

Zappia’s 5.635 second pass, coming in Saturday’s qualifying session, was the quickest class legal doorslammer pass in the country by half a tenth, an incredible margin in the tightly contested bracket.

“We put more into the tune up as the track measured up better than before and with excellent air conditions off it went,” Zappia said. “The car launched hard carrying the front wheels, I punched the next gear and it moved out of the groove a little bit but I got it back. It really revved up to just before the finish line where it started to misfire and I pushed the clutch in and pulled the chute a little bit early.

“When they told me over the radio it was a 5.63, I had to ask them to repeat. They said, ‘FIVE-SIX-THREE.’ I was dumbfounded.

“The Crusher was misfiring at the top end and never got the proper speed, but the time card had really good increments early. Our half track time of 3.72 at 205.98mph was our best by a long way. It should have gone 258 or 259mph at the top end, but the misfire knocked 400 rpm off the motor.

“We tried to fix the misfire and thought it might be hitting the rev limiter, so we raised the limit to try to avoid a repeat of the problem.”

The pace was on Zappia’s side come the race rounds, but the electrical gremlin would be back to haunt the team.

Matched up against Mark Belleri in the tough ACDelco Holden Monaro for the first round, Zappia needed every bit of performance but the Fuchs Monaro started to misfire really badly as soon as it launched. I pedalled it and it went clean back on eight cylinders and zoomed out the back end going 254mph, but a 5.84 would not be enough to take down Belleri’s 5.82.

For the second round Zappia was matched against Rob Taylor. “We thought we would throw more at it on the start line, but the track was hotter and the air got a little worse. We launched with a 0.958 sixty foot and carried the front wheels but veered right towards the wall which required a peddle to straighten the car and continue and run a 5.75 at 252mph which was enough to take the win.

The final round would see Zappia take on Ben Bray. Some changes were made to the suspension and the team loaded a killer set up into the Fuchs Monaro before heading to the staging lanes. The weather would then factor itself into the equation with a brief rain shower making Zappia nervous.

“I decided to back the Crusher off as the track was cooling. It launched with a 0.961 sixty foot, I shifted second, drifted left a little bit and I made a hard turn to get it back into the groove. I short shifted top gear which lost a little bit of momentum and I could see Ben’s car alongside me, but by the finish line I could see he had just got me.

“We both drove it out the back door and the motor was screaming, I had never revved it that hard before. Ben won on a holeshot and went 5.70/256 to my 5.65/255 backing up my earlier run of 5.635 and setting a new national record.”

Despite being one from three in race rounds, Zappia was pleased with his progress at the Nitro Thunder event.

The new CP-Carrillo pistons and rods and the Total Seal rings came out like brand new after five runs.

“It was a good weekend and we learned a lot. The Hoosier tires in combination with a great track preparation worked really well and this suited a lot of cars.”

With other teams figuring out how to go quick and closing the performance gap, Zappia said the Fuchs team still has some Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering horsepower improvements to fine tune.

“It will be an intense competition at the Winternationals in June 8 to 11 and we can’t wait to race at the biggest drag meeting in the southern hemisphere.”

Zappia Racing wishes to thank Naming Rights Sponsors Fuchs, Major Sponsors Striker Crushing and Screening, Dananni Hotshots, Speedmaster 79, Southside Engine Centre, Noonan Race Engineering, Hoosier, and Appealing Signs, as well as Supporting Sponsors PPG, K Craft Bullbars, Santhuff, B & J Racing Transmissions, Engel, Crow Cams, Avtrac Maintenance Tracking, SDS Billet, Legend Boatbuilders, Advantage Tyres, Kounis Metal Industries, Bravo Resources, CIC High Performance Coatings, Reid Machine, Final Drive, Motec, CP Carillo, Speed Flow, Biante, Aurora Bearings and Aeromotive.

AE4R1635

2017_Nitro_01

Photo credits: Drag News and Cackling Pipes

Latest News History

2012_Nitro_01

Zappia resets Australian National Record to 5.76 and gets to Final

Fourty five and a half points separates the 2012 in-form racers Zappia and Kapiris in the lead up to the final round of the ANDRA Pro Series Top Doorslammer Championship on June 8th – 11th at the biggest event on the Australian calendar – the Winternationals at Willowbank International Raceway. The event is Round 6 […]

2012_Mildura_02_sm

Zappia runs first 3 in Australia and wins Mildura

Australian Top Champion John Zappia added another accolade to his racing resume this weekend by running the first ever eighth mile three second pass in Australia, at the Slamfest event in country town Mildura, Victoria. The Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro won the final, and took over the lead in the Slamfest Top Doorslammer […]

2012_darwin_01

Zappia Backs up Track Record in Darwin with a 5.89

Australian National Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia and his Zappia Racing Team travelled to the Northern Territory state capital of Darwin for the final round of the Slamfest, at the Hidden Valley Dragway. The event was sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and 7Mate, and was officially opened by Chief Minister Paul Henderson in front […]

2012_sydney_03_sm

Zappia resets Australian National Record and wins Sydney.

Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia again showed why he is back-to-back Champion with a commanding win in Round 4 of the Top Doorslammer ANDRA Pro Series Championship. The Zappia Racing crew overcame early troubles in qualifying, and came back strong in the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro to reset the National Record to […]

2012_Westerns_top

Zappia back on top with Westernationals win.

Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia won a hard fought Westernationals on the weekend in Perth Western Australia in the Fuchs Lubricants / Procomp Electronics Monaro to further his recent winning ways and jump to the top of the 2012 ANDRA Pro Series Championship ladder. “My crew worked very hard all weekend” said an elated […]

2012_tassie_top

Zappia wins Slamfest Round In Tasmania

Pro Modified Australia’s Slamfest eigth mile racing visited Launceston last weekend at the Tasmanian Drag Racers Association’s Tarmac Dragway, and the good sized crowd of just under 5,000 witnessed some exciting and close Top Doorslammer action. The meeting escaped potential bad weather which may have affected the crowd size, but the atmosphere was reported to […]

2011_nationals_top_sm

Zappia Racing Portland Slamfest Report

Round 2 of the 2012 Slamfest Eighth Mile drag racing series in Australia was held on 3rd and 4th of Feb, and the Zappia Racing Team presented the “Crusher” Fuchs Lubricants and Procomp Electronics HQ Monaro for competition. “It was our first time to Portland” said a laid back John Zappia after the event, “Competition […]

2012_Heathcote_01

Zappia goes 4.03 and wins the first Australian Slamfest for 2012

Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia took the win in the first of three rounds in the eighth mile Slamfest Series organized by Pro Modified Australia, with a super consistent performance. In front of an impressive crowd for a regional track, Zap had his Fuchs/Procomp Electronics Monaro in good form, taking lowest et and highest […]

Categories