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Career-Best Benchmarks Top a Big Weekend in Sonoma for Zizzo

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Drag Racing Topics:  NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Career-Best Benchmarks Top a Big Weekend in Sonoma for Zizzo

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
July 28, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
SONOMA, Calif. – Going to a facility for the first time can be a daunting experience. No notes and no experience usually make for no good results. This weekend for TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil team was a completely different story.

The NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway is the first-ever NHRA Mello Yello Series event the Chicago native has ever raced here and he topped his personal best in ET and in miles per hour and the latter he did twice. Despite falling to Morgan Lucas in the first round of eliminations Sunday, Zizzo leaves California wine country with a new career record ET of 3.821 seconds and a personal record of 321.81 mph.

“I would say it was one of the better weekends of the year for sure and maybe one of the better weekends of the last two years,” Zizzo said after the round. “I say that because engine parts are good, career-best ET, career-best mph. Barring a round win, which always elevates the excitement level here at Zizzo Racing, but in general, one of the best weekends we’ve had.”

A solid performance by the PEAK Motor Oil rail gives the team even more confidence going into next weekend’s race at Pacific Raceways near Seattle, the second of four-straight event weekends for the team.

“Knowing that we were the most consistent (Top Fuel) car on the premises this weekend, knowing that we set out to run an .87 in our first run and ran a .90 just because a fuel line came off, and knowing that our goal was to get better and better over the weekend, which we did, means we can go to Seattle with the mindset of, we can start with weekend with an .84 or better. We’ve given ourselves a better opportunity to go faster moving forward.

“We should be good to go. I’m excited.”

Zizzo Racing and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster next race at Pacific Raceways near Seattle next weekend in the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals. Nitro qualifying kicks off Friday at 3:15 p.m. local time with the second round starting at 6 p.m. Saturday’s nitro qualifying is 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with eliminations scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday. For tickets to this event, click HERE.

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.


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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