After many months of late nights and hard work by all involved, the Spinozzi Racing doorslammer is due to make its first pass down the strip at Sydney Dragway this Friday.
Just over 12 months ago, the Spinozzi Racing Team made the decision to retire their Pro Stock racing program, venturing into the blown doorslammer racing with their Street Car Fabrication's built 1969 Chevelle that will turn its first wheel in anger tomorrow thanks to a combination of drag racing knowledge from around the world.
Brothers Emilio & Adamo Spinozzi highlighted the support from their crew, sponsors, and marketing partners over the past 12 months, who have been instrumental in completing this build.
"The Speedmaster team have played a huge role in the organisation and logistics of parts from the USA," shared Emilio.
"Craig Burns and his team at SCF did a remarkable job building the car in their Sydney workshop. Their workmanship, skill, and knowledge is second-to-none. The team at SCF were a pleasure to work with, open minded and innovative."
Michael Marriott has been the crew chief for Spinozzi Racing's Pro Stock car since 2013, and will now continue this role with the team on the Chevelle doorslammer venture. Michael's involvement goes much further than his crew chief responsibilities, sharing his vast knowledge and experience of racing.
"The decision to swap classes was made as a team and it was important to us that Michael would continue to tune and crew chief the car," said Emilio.
The Spinozzi Racing in-house engine program will be headed by blown alcohol expert Mark Brew. Brew had the task of setting up the engine shop and building the Noonan Race Engineering power plants, with his valuable experience over many years benefiting the team, andsupplying many of the team’s race components, including the Racepak Data Logger and Leanders Clutch.
The teams transition from aspirated engines in Pro Stock to racing to blown Hemis on alcohol in Pro Slammer not to mention the vastly different chassis will be a great challenge.
"Just last year our Pro Stock car 60 footed just below the one second range and ran 6.92 at 198 mph. Now I will have to keep up with a brutal car that will hit the 60 foot marker in the mid 0.950s and keep pulling right through to 250+ mph in well under 6 seconds," said Emilio.
"Driving a 3500+ horsepower doorslammer is going to be enough of a challenge for me at first, before I go ahead making plans to compete in one - this is a new experience and a huge learning curve for our whole team."
With the current influx of high quality cars and teams in Australia, the Spinozzi Racing team know that they have their work cut out for them in what is shaping up to be an ultra-tough bracket. The combination of experience from racing in various classes, and competing in a Pro Stock car will hopefully help in making this a smooth transition.
The team plan on racing in the incredibly competitive 400 Thunder Championship Series, but are yet to set a date for their first Pro Slammer competition entry.
The plan is for the team to test Friday, you can follow their progress via their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/spinozziracing/
Spinozzi Racing wish to take this opportunity to welcome to their family of sponsors and suppliers: Torco Oils, LJ Hooker Commercial Campbelltown, Nicsons Concrete, Alky Pro and Speedflow.
They would also like to thank Speedmaster, Hitachi, Terra Civil, Western Filters, Soligo Concrete, Sloanebuilt Trailers, Pasta Italia, Optimum Fire, Al’s Race Glides, Smithfield Diff & Gearbox, Race Teknix, VP Racing Fuels, Corfield Media Solutions, Planned Signs, Kemps Creek Mitre 10, Leanders Clutch, and Australian Drag Racing Promotions (ADRP) for their continued support.