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Zizzo Reaches Out to Fans to Help Fight Ovarian Cancer

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Drag Racing Topics:  Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Zizzo Reaches Out to Fans to Help Fight Ovarian Cancer

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
August 31, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
CLERMONT, Ind. – In times of need, one tends to turn to family and in racing, regardless of what happens ontrack, the sport is one big family.

"Trackside" Tina Pettet, a longtime media presence throughout motorsports, is suffering from a rare form of ovarian cancer called clear cell ovarian cancer. It accounts for five percent of ovarian cancers in the world and Tina was diagnosed as stage 11C in June, 2010, after a complete hysterectomy. After six rounds of treatment, the cancer went into remission but returned after a year where she was told there would be no chance for remission and there is no cure.

TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing have been friends with "Trackside Tina" for years and decided to do something to help ease her financial suffering by hosting a fund-raising auction at the PEAK Motor Oil hospitality tent Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway. The auction, filled with some amazing items including autographed memorabilia from some of the biggest names in the sport, is scheduled to begin one hour after the final round of qualifying for the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals and all fans are invited to come out, meet TJ and the team, and bid on some great items.

"I got to know Tina as a media person and over the years, we became great friends with her," TJ said, taking a break from working on the PEAK Motor Oil rail. "We understand how hard it can be to not only be sick, but to have to worry about your bills as well. Hopefully, our amazing fans will come out Sunday evening and help us raise some money for a great cause and a great person."

For more information on "Trackside Tina" and her efforts to eradicate ovarian cancer, visit her Team Trackside Tina page on Facebook by clicking HERE.

TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel team are racing at the granddaddy of them all this weekend, The Big Go. It’s the 59th Annual Chevrolet Performance US Nationals near Indianapolis. The final two rounds of qualifying are expected to take place Sunday at 12:45 and 4:40 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Labor Day.

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK Motor Oil 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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