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Zizzo, PEAK Team to Spring Into Action at NHRA Spring Nationals

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Drag Racing Topics:  O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals

Zizzo, PEAK Team to Spring Into Action at NHRA Spring Nationals

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
April 24, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – The record book will say TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil team went out in the first round of eliminations at the Dollar General 4-Wide NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway last weekend. But what the stats won’t say is that the event ended a three-race DNQ streak, one of the longest in the team’s history. It doesn’t say that the team ran a solid 3.883 ET to get into the show at an event they’ve never raced at with only two rounds of qualifying thanks to Friday’s rounds being rained out.

And the most impressive stat the record books won’t show is that Zizzo finished third in his quad, falling to Brandon Bernstein and eventual winner Spencer Massey, but finished ahead of defending NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel champion Antron Brown.

With that momentum driving the second-generation racer, Zizzo is looking forward to going straight to the Houston area from Charlotte for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals. Having raced this event numerous times in his career as an NHRA Top Fuel pilot, Zizzo is confident that the 2013 season will continue to look up.

“What a place!” Zizzo said. “The owners there are really, really good and they put on a heckuva show. They really care (about the teams and fans). We’re looking forward to going back.”

The track is almost a home away from home for the team as they’ve raced there almost every season they have run a Top Fuel team. “It’s very neat to go there, I’m very excited about it all. Houston is a great race for us. We learned a lot at Charlotte and we’re going to bring that to Houston.”

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK/Herculiner Top Fuel team by checking out ZizzoRacing.com, Instagram.com/ZizzoPEAK, Twitter.com/TJZizzo, and Facebook.com/TJZizzo.

Zizzo Racing and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster is headed to the 26th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals outside Houston, Texas April 26-28. Nitro qualifying is set for 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. local time on Friday and again on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking HERE.

Zizzo Racing Fast Facts:
Zizzo has piloted the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Full Throttle Series since 2003.
Zizzo’s career-best ET is 3.843 (1000 ft.) achieved in 2012 in Englishtown, NJ. His career-best speed is 319.98 mph (1000 ft.) which came in Houston in 2012 as well.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals is the fourth race of the year for Zizzo.
This weekend is Zizzo’s sixth time racing at this event near Houston. Last year, he fell in the first round to Steve Torrence.


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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