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Zizzo Racing Makes Its Mark on Indy With Great Run

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Drag Racing
Topics:  TJ Zizzo, Mac Tools U.S. 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: Doug Wikell
Public/Media Relations: Brandon W. Mudd

Zizzo Racing Makes Its Mark on Indy With Great Run

Brandon W. Mudd
Zizzo Racing
September 5, 2011


Brandon W. Mudd

CLERMONT, Ind. – The Big Go was eventful for TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel team. It saw Zizzo make a strong lap Saturday night to get into the field of 16. It saw the Chicago native’s rail burst into flames in the final qualifying round of the weekend. But most importantly, it saw Zizzo, facing fellow second-generation racer Brandon Bernstein in the first round of the 57th Annual Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals, lay down an ET of 3.880 seconds at 313 mph, his fastest pass of the weekend.

Bernstein, though, was just .02 seconds faster and earned the E1 victory in what was easily the most competitive drag race of the round in Top Fuel. Additionally, it provided a shot of confidence to the team who worked hard Sunday night to replace their dragster’s engine.

“I hate the end of it,” Zizzo said of the NHRA’s biggest event on the schedule, “but I gotta say, we went out well. We made our fastest pass of the weekend, we were up against a great competitor, it showed well on TV, we didn’t beat ourselves. Just a lot of positives.”

A bigger positive for the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner team is the fact they are racing again in less than two weeks. The NHRA Full Throttle Series returns to action at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

“That last run was a huge confidence booster to get us to the next event and that’s only eight or nine days away now. So we’re excited; we’re ready to go. We’ll work on this thing and work on all our parts and in Charlotte, we’ll go for it.”

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Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK Motor Oil/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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