Temps in the 100s, Zizzo’s in the .90s at Indy
Topics: TJ Zizzo, Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
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
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Brandon W. Mudd
CLERMONT, Ind. – After running what he called “license runs” in the first two rounds of qualifying here, TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel team took advantage of falling temps Saturday evening, putting a 3.919 ET on the board at 301.27 mph. His first pass of the day, run on a 130+ degree track, was a 4.198 second lap, only slightly better than the 4.21 he ran Friday night on an equally greasy track.
“A much better run tonight,” Zizzo said after the third qualifying round of the 57th Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals. “Those first two runs felt like licensing runs, but that last one, I drove my butt off. We knew he had to lay down a strong lap with the possibility of weather tomorrow and my team put a great PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner dragster under me for that final run.”
The run was the fifth-quickest of the round, behind Del Worsham (3.876), Spencer Massey (3.875), Tony Schumacher (3.856), and Antron Brown’s 3.818 that put him at the top of the qualifying ladder going into Sunday’s final qualifying rounds.
The Chicago native is solidly in the top-12 in ninth while some of the biggest names in the sport, including Doug Kalitta who Zizzo beat on a holeshot in Rd. 1 of eliminations last year. Zizzo knows, however, to get to Monday the team has to get through Sunday. “Nothing’s guaranteed yet,” he said. “We made a good pass, but with the conditions we’re expecting tomorrow, that .91 may not be as good as it is right now.
“We still have two more rounds to go. If we’re still in the top-12 tomorrow at this time, I’ll be happy. Until then, nothing’s guaranteed.”
Qualifying resumes Sunday at Noon. Eliminations are scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. For more information on the event or for tickets, visit NHRA.com.
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