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


With great power comes great responsibility for Zappia

John Zappia’s first round loss in the opening round of the 400 Thunder season wasn’t the way the former champion wanted to start his season, but with more power than he can use in his Holden Monaro Pro Slammer, Zappia is optimistic for events to come.

Zappia qualified in sixth position at last weekend’s East Coast Thunder at Sydney Dragway with a last ditch 5.86/250mph in the third qualifying session.

“Testing went well and we thought it was going in the right direction, then on qualifying day it spits a spark plug out on the first run and runs on seven cylinders for a 6.07,” he said. “We lost any real data on that one, then we overpowered the track from 30 feet out on the next run and I pedalled it and ran a 6.03/252mph – which was only good enough to put us on the bump spot.

“We came out for the last one and backed the clutch and tune up off, it rattled the tyres so I pedalled it and went 5.86/250mph. That certainly wasn’t ideal as we were up against Ben Bray for round one.”

The team changed tact for the first round of eliminations, calming down the 3000 horsepower Holden Monaro as much as they dared to find a way down the track.

“It left slow but it got going and I made it all the way through first gear without having to back off,” Zappia recalled. “Then just as I hit top gear it banged the burst panels and coasted to the finish line. It had started nosing over before half track, and still went 3.77 to the eighth mile, which is good for a 5.65/5.66 type run. Something in the fuel system leaned out and I am not quite sure why yet, it was good for all the other runs and a lost opportunity – we got in front and then we gave it back.”

Zappia originally planned to wait until the opening round of the WA Summer Slam Series to race next, but he has decided to make a last minute entry to the Goldenstate Championships this Saturday at Perth Motorplex.

“We weren’t going to race but there’s all this extra power we have now and I want to find out how to use it,” he said. “From what I have seen in the data we have found more power than expected, which is why we have been overpowering the start line. Now we need to find the happy medium so we can get the car to launch. We have a 5.6 tune up in the car, but more power – so who knows what is possible?”

The naming rights sponsorship for Zappia Racing remains available for any interested parties, and with the WA season only just firing up there are plenty of opportunities for exposure.

“We are committed to pursuing not just the national 400 Thunder series but also WA’s awesome Summer Slam, which gives us the most racing opportunities of any team in the country. We’d love to have someone aboard to be a part of that journey with us,” Zappia said.

The Goldenstate Championships feature program begins from 5.30pm on Saturday at Perth Motorplex.
















Latest News History


Zappia Resets Track Record at WA Champs

The Perth Motorplex hosted the first round of the new Summer Slam series for the growing number of Western Australian Top Doorslammer teams in Perth, and the WA Drag Racing Championship event this weekend saw eight teams compete for the coveted title.   Zap ran a wheel standing and pedaled 5.881 @ 405.12 km/h (251.73mph) […]


Zappia Takes Lead in ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship

The second leg of the “Northern Swing” was held last weekend at the Alice Springs Desert Nationals held by the Central Australian Drag Racing Association, where Round 2 of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship was run over the eighth mile. The event was a clean sweep for 9 times Champion John Zappia – Top Qualifying […]


Track Record 5.750 and semi finish for Zappia in Darwin

On the first leg of the “Northern Swing” through remote Northern Territory in outback Australia, Champion John Zappia had a semi final finish in the opening round of the ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship held at Hidden Valley Drag Strip in Darwin. Zappia struggled to get the quick Fuchs Monaro to stick to the tricky track […]


Zappia Wins First 400 Thunder Championship at Winternationals

The 2016 Winternationals has been run, won and gone for another year – but National Champion John Zappia is still licking his wounds after a bruising time at the big event. Zap ended up Top Qualifier for the event, and got to Round 3 to finish equal third overall with Grant O’Rourke. But it was […]


Zappia ready to go quick at Winternationals

John Zappia is all setup at Willowbank International Raceway ready for this years City of Ipswich Winternationals, and is excited about maintaining his stranglehold on the class. “With both Championships wrapped up for the season, the pressure is off compared to seasons past”, said Zappia “We can just concentrate on getting the Fuchs Monaro to […]


Two Championships for Zappia wrapped up as Winternationals Approaches

Australian 9 times back to back Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia – the quickest doorslammer driver down under – just made history by winning his second championship for the season after a finals finish in the 400 Thunder Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway. The finals finish gained him 103 points to reach 570 points total […]


Zappia talks about his Ninth ANDRA Championship

Reigning back-to-back Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia talks to Zappia Racing Media Manager and fellow drag racer Paul Carey about his ninth ANDRA Championship. How did qualifying go in Adelaide at the ANDRA Grand Final event? “First pass we put a similar tune up to the 4.88 (1,000 feet) we did previously in Adelaide – […]


Zappia Lining Up Ninth Consecutive Championship

Zappia Racing heads off to Adelaide this week to contest the final round of the 2015/2016 ANDRA Top Doorslammer Championship on 9-10 April at Adelaide International Raceway – ahead in points enough that only qualifying is needed to wrap up nine consecutive championships. “We are going to Adelaide prepared as always” said Zappia, “The last […]