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Zizzo Featured on Internet Show Nitro Rewind

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Drag Racing
Topics:  TJ Zizzo, Nitro Rewind

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

Zizzo Featured on Internet Show Nitro Rewind

Brandon W. Mudd
Zizzo Racing
May 9, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd

Lincolnshire, Ill. – PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel pilot TJ Zizzo is featured on this week’s Nitro Rewind, an internet program focusing on the teams of the NHRA’s two nitro classes. Zizzo taped his appearance on the show’s second episode during the recent O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Baytown, Texas.

“I know this is only the second episode but we have been thrilled with the response. We have more drivers in both categories involved and we have seen great fan response on the NHRA’s YouTube channel as well as Facebook and Twitter,” said Ashley Force Hood, John Force Entertainment president.

“This episode gives fans some great insight from the driver’s perspective about what they could look for in any upcoming ESPN2 broadcasts so they can enjoy the show better. Our goal with Nitro Rewind is to drive fans to ESPN2 and make the thrills of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series even more exciting and interesting.”

In this episode (which can be viewed by clicking HERE) Top Fuel driver David Grubnic talks about the season heating up as it heads to Atlanta and TJ Zizzo gives fans a perspective from the eyes of an independent team. Nitro Rewind caught up with a handful of Funny Car drivers including Houston race winner Jeff Arend, two-time Funny Car world champion Cruz Pedregon and independent drivers like Bob Bode and Jon Capps. Tim Wilkerson gives his tips on how he gets his Mustang Funny Car down hot tracks like Atlanta Dragway as well.

As a special treat for Nitro Rewind viewers The Legacy Coach Scott Garwood checks in and gives fans a quick tip on how they can make some progress in being more successful in their daily lives.

Future episodes will be posted on the NHRA YouTube channel the Thursday after each national event.

The next scheduled race for Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner team is the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals at his home track of Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. For more information or for tickets, visit them on the Web at Route66Raceway.com

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.


About Zizzo Racing:
Zizzo Racing has been involved in drag racing at the top levels for more than 30 years. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill. and owned by Tony Zizzo, the team started racing in 1980 in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, moving to nitro with TJ 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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