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Zizzo Racing, PEAK Dragster Featured at Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race

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Topics:  TJ ZizzoChicagoland Speedway

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 Racing, PEAK Dragster Featured at Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race

Brandon W. Mudd
Zizzo Racing
June 3, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd

JOLIET, Ill. – Chicagoland Speedway is the home track for TJ Zizzo and his PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel team, but all their racing has been at Route 66 Raceway, the facility’s world-class drag strip. This Saturday, the team will be part of a different motorsports experience as they will be featured on the midway for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race to promote the upcoming O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals July 7-10.

Zizzo is looking forward to introducing the nitro experience to NASCAR fans who may have never experienced what 8,000 horsepower feels like. The Chicago-area native plans on providing a first-hand tutorial at approximately 2:45 p.m. CDT when he will fire up his PEAK-sponsored rail.

“Cannot wait!” Zizzo said from his shop in Lincolnshire, Ill. “It’s going to be cool to meet NASCAR fans and bring them into our world and tell them what NHRA drag racing is all about and hopefully, create some new fans who will come out to Route 66 Raceway in July and cheer for us.

“It’s also going to be neat to be a part of their world and see what 43 stock cars racing around a mile-and-a-half oval looks like. Our entire PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner team will be there and we can’t wait to be a part of this great experience. We can’t thank the great folks at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway enough for giving us this amazing opportunity.”

“We’re excited to give our NASCAR audience a taste of the NHRA drag racing experience this weekend in Champions Park,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway president. “TJ is an incredible ambassador for the drag racing community, and we’re thrilled to have him out here this weekend to engage with fans and fire up a dragster for all to see. The Zizzo team will deliver an exciting taste of what’s to come at Route 66 Raceway this July.”

Gates open at the track Saturday at Noon for a doubleheader of racing action with the ARCA Series race scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race expected to go green at 7. Both series will also qualify Saturday with ARCA on-track at 1:30 and NNS time trials kicking off at 3:35. For more information on Saturday’s racing, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway is only a month away, July 7-10. Zizzo, fellow Chicago native Tony Schumacher, and the rest of the NHRA Full Throttle Series will be on-hand to provide race fans with the nitro-burning excitement only the NHRA can provide. For more information on this event and for tickets, call the track at 815-722-5500 or visit them on the Web at Route66Raceway.com.

Stay connected with Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway at Route66Raceway.com, ChicagolandSpeedway.com, Facebook.com/Route66Raceway, Facebook.com/ChicagolandSpeedway, Twitter.com/Route66Raceway and Twitter.com/Chicagolndspdwy.

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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