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PEAK Team Among Right Lane Victims at The Strip

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Drag Racing Topics:  Big O Tires NHRA Nationals

PEAK Team Among Right Lane Victims at The Strip

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
October 30, 2011

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Zizzo Racing
Brandon W. Mudd

PEAK Team Among Right Lane Victims at The Strip
LAS VEGAS – TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner Top Fuel team made a heroic effort in the final round of qualifying Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, putting themselves solidly in the field at 11th with an ET of 3.879 seconds at a team record 319.14 mph. They knew they had their work cut out for them, however, with three-time and defending NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon in the opposite lane.
The Big O Tires NHRA Nationals E1 pairing was only the third time in Zizzo’s career he has faced Dixon, the most recent matchup coming at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., in 2005. The champ put it down the track in 3.844 seconds to earn the round win, while Zizzo became a victim of the right lane, striking his tires. Only David Grubnic earned a round win in the right lane in the first round of Top Fuel eliminations.
“We had to change some things right before the first round,” Zizzo said, “and it left the front end light. So when we hit the gas, we went back on the wheelie bar harder than we anticipated due to the front being lighter.
“That takes nothing away from Dixon, though. He’s a great contender on a great team. We’re just proud to have qualified here at Vegas and put our PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner dragster in the show. We’re looking forward to represent PEAK at the world finals in Pomona in a few weeks.”
Zizzo Racing’s next race is the final race of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series season. The Auto Club NHRA Finals will be held Nov. 10-13 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Going to SEMA? TJ is among the numerous drivers and motorsports professionals staying in town for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week. The second-generation driver will sign autographs at the PEAK display Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. and again at the official NHRA driver autograph session at 1 p.m. For more information, visit SEMAShow.com.
TJ in the Media: Zizzo was a guest of Greg Damon’s Auto Show Saturday on KMOX radio in St. Louis, the home of the 11-time World Series Champion Cardinals. To hear that interview, click HERE.
Get Zizzo Stuff: Want some great race-used items from an NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel team? Have a friend or relative who’s impossible to shop for? Look no more! Head over to the Zizzo Racing page on eBay by clicking HERE!
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.

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
Event Coordinator: 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

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23275 North Olsen Court
Prairie View, IL 60069
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