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Zizzo Looking for Another Personal Best at E-Town

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Drag Racing Topics:  Toyota NHRA Summernationals

Zizzo Looking for Another Personal Best at E-Town

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
May 29, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – After making the show at the last two events (Charlotte, Houston) and ending a three-race DNQ slump, TJ Zizzo and his PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster team are ready to move to the next level: winning rounds on Sunday. For the Chicago-based team, the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, is the best place to do it as it was the site of Zizzo's personal-best ET of 3.84. He earned that mark at this event last year.

"Last year we ran our career best number," he said, preparing for this weekend's race. "We have changed everything since then and have turned a corner recently. We look forward to running as well if not better if the weather is conducive."

Zizzo knows the field at this event, like every other on the NHRA Mello Yello Series schedule, will be tough. "All 19 cars that are entered for the event are good enough to qualify for the 16-car field," he said. "Qualifying will be very exciting and bad to the bone."

Racing on the East Coast provides some fun for Zizzo as well. In addition to hosting PEAK Heavy Duty Anti-Freeze and BlueDEF customers, childhood friends of his father and team owner, Tony, will make the trip as well.

"My dad’s friends from Long Island will be in our pit so the car will be heavy because we will be eating well!" he said. "Plus, I love peoples attitudes on the East coast. At least you know where you stand right away -- right or wrong."

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 are heading to the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ, this weekend. Nitro qualifying is scheduled for Friday at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time and again Saturday at 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. The first round of eliminations is set to kick off at 11 a.m. Sunday. For tickets to the event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, click 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 at this event in Englishtown, NJ. His career-best speed is 319.98 mph (1000 ft.) which came in Houston in 2012 as well.
The Toyota NHRA Summernationals is the fifth race of the year for Zizzo.
This weekend is Zizzo’s second time racing at this event in Englishtown, NJ. Last year, he fell in the first round to Spencer Massey.


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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