Zizzo to Face Bernstein Sunday in NHRA Finals
POMONA, Calif. – On the day after 11-11-11, PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner Top Fuel driver TJ Zizzo qualified, you guessed it, 11th after laying down a smooth 3.888 second ET in the third round of qualifying for the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Q3 was also the last round of the weekend for the nitro classes due to inclement weather. The NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Stock classes were able to get all four rounds in.
A year that has seen the Chicago-based Zizzo Racing make numerous positive strides has also gone by very quickly for the second-generation racer. Sunday’s first round of eliminations will see him face another driver from a racing family, Brandon Bernstein. Bernstein barely edged the Zizzo Racing rail for the round win at Indy in September and the team is looking forward to the matchup tomorrow.
“Man, it feels like just yesterday that we started the season here at the Winternationals,” Zizzo said. “We’re facing Bernstein. We last faced him at Indy and gave him a great run. We were awfully close to nipping him so we’ll try to do our best tomorrow and see where we go.”
One of the strengths for the team in the 2011 season has been in qualifying and tuning the dragster to match the track and weather conditions. The final weekend of the year has been no different.
“Today we qualified well, the car runs good,” Zizzo said. “This team has a very good grasp of the tuneup on our PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner dragster. (Crew chief) Mike Kern does a great job, all the guys on this team are like no other. I’m very proud of them. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”