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Zizzo Racing Statement on the Retirement of NHRA Starter Rick Stewart

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Zizzo Racing Statement on the Retirement of NHRA Starter Rick Stewart

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
November 13, 2011

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Zizzo Racing
Brandon W. Mudd

Zizzo Racing Statement on the Retirement of NHRA Starter Rick Stewart
POMONA, Calif. – After 15 years as a constant presence on the starting line at drag strips all over the country, NHRA starter Rick Stewart is retiring from his post after today's Auto Club NHRA Finals. Zizzo Racing wishes him nothing but the best and has made the following statements:

Tony Zizzo, Team Owner: "The only problem I have with (Stewart retiring) is that him and my redheaded girlfriend/fiancee are like lovers! They always kiss each other before the first round. Every time we go to the starting line, they're kissing each other. That's good luck! We won't have that kiss anymore."

Cathie Gallo, Fan Relations/Aforementioned Redhead: "It's a sad day. I'm happy for him that he's going to get to do what we wants but what's weird is not seeing him at the starting line. We have our little ritual we do every race, we blow each other kisses. It's just not going to be the same without him up there. But I'm sure he's going to land somewhere good and I have a feeling he won't be leaving racing. I just love you, Rick Stewart, you're wonderful!"

TJ Zizzo, Driver: "Rick Stewart is the starter that has always started our PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner car at the starting line and has always given us the thumbs up. He's always been a familiar face to me, that's the only face I know up there. I'm really gonna miss him and I know he's very good friends with most of our team members. Rick, good luck in the future and happy retirement!"
Zizzo Racing is racing in the Auto Club NHRA World Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway. Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. with first round of eliminations running at 11. For tickets, click HERE.
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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.

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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