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Zizzo Gives a PEAK Performance at zMAX

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Drag Racing
Topics:  TJ Zizzo, O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

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: Matt Blager
Utility: Doug Wikell
Public/Media Relations: Brandon W. Mudd

Zizzo Gives a PEAK Performance at zMAX

Brandon W. Mudd
Zizzo Racing
September 18, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd

CONCORD, N.C. – TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner Top Fuel hit the dragstrip running this weekend at zMAX Dragway for the 4th Annual O’Reilly NHRA Nationals. The Chicago-based NHRA Full Throttle Series team laid down a 3.860 second ET Friday that would eventually put them solidly in the final field as the 12th qualifier. Zizzo also ran the fastest lap of his career with a pass of 316.23 mph. Three consecutive runs of 3.90 covering the last two qualifying rounds and the first round of eliminations capped off what would usually denote a good weekend for any team.

Weather conditions this weekend were ideal for making racecars go fast and the rail in the opposite lane, driven by recent U.S. Nationals winner Antron Brown, was just a little quicker than Zizzo. Despite the E1 loss, Zizzo acknowledged the many positives that came from their weekend in the Charlotte area.

“Positively speaking, it was a great weekend,” he said. “That was our eighth run in a row since Indy that we’ve gone down the race track under power and in a respectable manner. Kudos to Mike Kern on tuning this car for us to be able to do that as well as to our PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner team for allowing him to do that.”

Given the nearly-identical 3.90 second runs over Saturday and Sunday, Zizzo said they may have to change the class of their PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner machine. “We ran a 3.90, a 3.90, a 3.90…I think we’re going to go to Union Grove, Wis., next weekend and dial in a 300 mph bracket car.

“Needless to say, overall, a good weekend. We raced a very, very competitive racecar in Antron Brown. He does a good job and they have a good team. We were right with him but we couldn’t out-muscle him today.”

The next scheduled race for Zizzo Racing is the NHRA Nevada Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 27-30. For ticket information, click HERE.


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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