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Tony Zizzo Enjoys Return to Top Alcohol

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Topics:  TJ ZizzoOlympics of Drag Racing

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

Sweet Home Chicago for Zizzo Racing, PEAK

Brandon W. Mudd
Zizzo Racing
June 5, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – The last time Zizzo Racing owner Tony Zizzo was in a Top Alcohol dragster was 2003 with his son, TJ, in the next lane. The elder Zizzo, on the heels of celebrating his 60th birthday, returned to the cockpit of the "Avenger" Memorial Day Weekend for the Olympics of Drag Racing at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wis.

Zizzo ran a pair of 6.50s, one on a planned half-track pass and the other resulting from a blown belt, but the veteran drag racer couldn't have been happier and is looking forward to the next time he gets to be behind the wheel.

"I should have put the new blower belt on," he said. "The dragster did what it was supposed to do and surprisingly enough I did my job as a driver. I am looking forward to driving the alky car again and standing on it next time.

"The best part of the weekend was hanging out at my local track was seeing my team members and friends having a good time. They were happy to see me drive again."

TJ, himself a veteran racer and the driver of the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel dragster, was on-hand for his dad's return to the strip along with several members of Zizzo Racing.

"When I went down to the end of the track to pick him up he was smiling ear to ear," TJ said, a smile on his face as well. "Too bad the weather did not cooperate on Sunday. The car was setup an easy high five second run, but the rains came and they canceled the event."

The next time Tony is planning to be in a car is in August for his annual trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. The next scheduled race for TJ 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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