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TJ Zizzo: Vote Lagana for NHRA Hardworking Crew Award

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Drag Racing Topics:  TJ Zizzo, Dom Lagana, Auto Club NHRA Nationals

TJ Zizzo: Vote Lagana for NHRA Hardworking Crew Award

Brandon W. Mudd
Zizzo Racing
November 7, 2010

TJ Zizzo
TJ Zizzo is the driver of the PEAK/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel dragster and his family-owned team is based in Lincolnshire, Ill. TJ has raced his entire life and runs Zizzo Enterprises, Inc., when he's not racing. He and his wife, Jen, have two children -- Maddie and Nick -- and spends what little free time he has golfing and riding motorcycles. Follow TJ on Twitter at Twitter.com/TJZizzo and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TJZizzo.


Owner: Tony Zizzo
Crew Chief: Mike Kern
Clutch Specialist: Tony Smith
Utilities/Tires: Mike Adams
Public Relations: Cathie Gallo
Cylinder Heads: Rick Dale
Car Chief: Rick Messmore
Bottom End/Motor Assembly: Ryan Ramos
Clutch/Car Assembly: Chris Schneider
Cylinder Head (right): Joe Cluts
Utility: Doug Wikell
Public/Media Relations: Brandon W. Mudd


Brandon W. Mudd

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Last Sunday at the NHRA Full Throttle Series’ event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dom Lagana did what many people thought was impossible: he and his family-owned team nearly beat seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher in the class finals and beat current points leader and two-time champ Larry Dixon to get there.

In recognition of their achievement, NHRA and Full Throttle have nominated Lagana and his team for the Full Throttle Hardworking Crew Award, an award voted on by the fans. There are four nominees in each of the four NHRA Pro classes and the winning team will be announced at the Auto Club Raceway this weekend in Pomona, Calif. as part of the 2010 season finale.

TJ Zizzo, an Illinois native who also races a limited schedule for a family-run team, Zizzo Racing, isn’t among the nominees in the Top Fuel category, but is asking fans to visit www.NHRA.com/HardworkingCrew this week and vote for Lagana.

“I’ve known Dom and the Lagana family for a long time and I’ll admit, I’m a little jealous of what they accomplished in Vegas,” said the 35-year-old Zizzo from his home Sunday. “But at the same time, I’m happy for him and proud of what he and his family-owned team was able to do and I can’t imagine another team more deserving of this award than them.

“It also gives us hope because we’re a family-run team that competes on a limited schedule and when I see what he was able to do, it makes me think that we can get our PEAK/Herculiner Top Fuel dragster in the same situation and hopefully, win all four rounds on a Sunday afternoon.”

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK/Herculiner Top Fuel team by checking out ZizzoRacing.com, Twitter.com/ZizzoRacing, and Facebook.com/ZizzoRacing. Videos of TJ and Zizzo Racing can be found at YouTube.com/TJZizzo.

Zizzo will race his PEAK/Herculiner rail in the NHRA Full Throttle Series’ season finale at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., at the 46th Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. The first round of qualifying is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. local time, Thursday, Nov. 11. For information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit NHRA.com or call 800-884-NHRA (6472).


About Zizzo Racing:
This year marks Zizzo Racing's 30th year in drag racing. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill. and owned by Tony Zizzo, started racing in 1980 in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, moving to nitro in 2004 after earning his class license. In 2007, TJ Zizzo finished second in the final IHRA standings and now competes on a part-time basis in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.

About PEAK/Old World Industries:
PEAK® Performance Products are marketed and distributed by Old World Industries, which is among the largest privately held companies competing in the automotive aftermarket. The Northbrook, Illinois based company enjoys a presence in the automotive product markets, energy exploration, and chemical manufacturing in more than 50 countries worldwide. Old World's Product offering includes PEAK® Antifreeze; PEAK® Windshield Wash and Wiper Blades; PEAK® Performance Motor Oil; a full line of PEAK® Electronics; HERCULINER® Truck Bed Liner Kits; and SIERRA®, the safer antifreeze. For more information, please visit www.peakauto.com.

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