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Zizzo, PEAK Team Happy to Make NHRA Debut at Sonoma

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Drag Racing Topics:  NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Zizzo, PEAK Team Happy to Make NHRA Debut at Sonoma

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
July 25, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – TJ Zizzo is generally a pretty happy guy. Even though he missed the field at his home track of Route 66 Raceway by .003 seconds last month, the second-generation drag racer has a smile on his face as he and the PEAK Motor Oil NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel team prepare for their first-ever race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

“I have never experienced Northern California and I’m looking forward to it,” Zizzo said as he was preparing to leave the Chicago area for the hills of wine country. “I heard that sheep graze the land so there is no pollution pumped into the air. I heard I better stop at a vineyard and enjoy the wine. I heard the views and weather are beautiful and I cannot wait!”

Despite not running the full NHRA season, the team has been able to improve the PEAK Motor Oil rail at every event in which they run. Zizzo Racing is looking forward to getting back to the track for the first of four-consecutive races to win some rounds.

“We have only made 21 passes this year so it will be great to attend for races in a row,” Zizzo said. “I am pumped to step on the gas with all the candles lit and enjoying the scenery as I wiz by at 320 mph.

“Our entire team is pumped and ready to rock and roll.”

TJ in the Media: TJ updated his blog on NHRA.com this week and, as usual, you won’t want to miss it!

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 racing in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Qualifying kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time and again Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to start Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information regarding this event, 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 in Englishtown, NJ. His career-best speed is 319.98 mph (1000 ft.) which came in Houston in 2012.
The NHRA Sonoma Nationals is the seventh race of the year for Zizzo.
This weekend is Zizzo’s first-ever race at Sonoma Raceway.


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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