Can-Aus Effort Looms

There will be a very interesting effort involving both Canada and Australia during the upcoming final two NHRA national events rounds of the season….

Toronto-based Top Alcohol Funny Car Team Kon Rodz Racing has announced that the NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Team, Kon Rodz Racing, has reached a two-race deal with veteran ANDRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver John Cannuli.

Cannuli, currently 3rd in point’s standings in the ANDRA Series in Australia will drive for Kon Rodz at the Vegas and Pomona rounds. Cannuli is the Brother in-law of Pro Stock Driver Shane Tucker.

Kon Rodz Racing full time driver Sean Bellemeur had previously agreed to drive his families Funny Car for the Vegas and Pomona rounds and Cannuli will fill in.

Australian John Canulli will wheel the potent Kon Rodz Racing TAFC at upcoming events in Las Vegas and Pomona

Australian John Canulli will wheel the potent Kon Rodz Racing TAFC at upcoming events in Las Vegas and Pomona

“I got to sit down with Spiro and Stefan Kontos in Indy and we discussed the possibilities, it has been a dream of mine to compete in the United States and I am very confident in the operation Spiro has put together with Stefan. I look forward to representing Australia as I make my American debut with Kon Rodz and hope to contend for round wins. They have a great team leader in Randy Anderson and I am confident we can do well. The ultimate goal is to qualify well and consistently go down the track,” Cannuli said.

“I first met John through my son Stefan in Indianapolis, we immediately hit it off and have since developed a great relationship on both business and personal levels. John had expressed interest in racing in the US and we are lucky enough to have a vacant seat for the last two national events of the year. John has had great success in Australia this year, currently sitting third in points, so I am very confident in his driving ability. We’re working through a bad luck streak as of recent, however our team has now relocated to Glendale, AZ and now that the car is constantly being worked on, I am confident that we can represent Australia well with John and go some rounds to conclude the season. I am excited to see what the future holds and we may see John driving at more NHRA races in 2015,” said Spiro Kontos, Team Owner.

Kon Rodz Racing is sponsored by:
CRC Automotive, Bell Racing USA, Sparco USA, Goodyear Tire, Mahle/Clevite, Advanced Power Systems, Goodson, Mac Tools, CleanBoost Performance Oils, NGK Spark Plugs, Scott Towels, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, Nick Pastura Motorsports, Aerodine Composites Group, Six B Apparel, Motorsports Marketing Agency Drive Motorsports International, Advanced Steel Framing and Auzmet Architectural.

Posted by: Stefan Kontos

Photo by:  Bruce Biegler