Johnny Rocca

Johnny Rocca

Johnny Rocca

Host and Drag Racing Correspondent

Johnny Rocca started his career in drag racing at the age of 19 at Aquasco, Maryland in 1959. His first race car was a 1949 Ford coupe with a 1957 Oldsmobile J2 engine running C/gas. From there, he migrated to Altered's, supercharged Gas Coupes, sedans and a variety of different race cars following his great respect and admiration for KS Pitman in the A/GS classes. Johnny had many years of building Street Rods, having the first 29 roadster running Hilborn fuel injection on the street to a variety of street rods. In the winter of 1987 having resurrected the KS Pitman 41 Willys from his barn with KS's permission he restored it and he took it to Bakersfield California to run it at the fledgling revival of the Bakersfield Fuel and Gas championships and solicited KS to drive it for the first time. The huge success of the restored car brought the Stone, Woods and Cook "Swindler A" out to campaign against KS in the "Last Great Shootout" that had a phenomenal tour of the US at some 50 plus tracks thru out the United States. Soon after the Tour ended, a phone call from Hayne Dominic, then President of the IHRA, to describe the New Pro-Modified class, began the advent of the Highly successful tour of the "Tin Indian" Pro Modified through out the United States, Canada and Australia This led to the construction of the "IRONHORSE" 1949 Mercury, possibly the most widely known Pro Modified car in history which yielded multiple championships in three different countries. A stint as Broadcaster for Speed and ESPN 2, many announcing gigs at racetracks, touring the country with the complete restoration of the famous "Ironhorse" and the "Swindler A" race cars, a complete stable of street rods and the position of Drag Racing Correspondent are just a few of the things Johnny has been enjoying since his retirement from the driver’s seat. Johnny Rocca is truly a gear head.