TJ Zizzo ready for Las Vegas

Zizzo Racing press release

Zizzo, PEAK Motor Oil Team Ready to Cash In at Vegas

Top Fuel driver TJ Zizzo
Top Fuel driver TJ Zizzo

Photo by: Ted Rossino

LAS VEGAS – To paraphrase Vince Vaughn in the movie "Swingers," TJ Zizzo is so money he doesn't even know it.

Zizzo and his PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner Top Fuel team may be one of the most underrated in the NHRA Full Throttle Series. At every race in which they compete, the Chicago-based crew is a threat and their competitors know the odds can easily favor Zizzo Racing this weekend when the chips are down. This weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Zizzo Racing is going all in and won't be satisfied unless they're picking up a Wally at the cashier's window. Or the Winner's Circle. Whichever. The point being, they're racing for nothing less than a win in the desert.

"There are many teams that have stepped their performance up since midseason and with 27 Top Fuelers pre-entered, we will need to be on top of our game," Zizzo said. "As long as we go out there and do what we know how to do we should be fine.

"We ran very well in Vegas last year. We have data and we should be able to come out of the box swinging."

Zizzo faced current class points leader Antron Brown in the first round of eliminations here last year. Despite racing the 1,000-foot track faster and quicker than the Don Schumacher Racing driver, Brown was able to take the round win thanks to leaving the line slightly quicker, giving him a holeshot victory.

Being in Sin City also means some down time for the team as they are also attending the annual AAPEX and SEMA automotive shows, also held in Las Vegas, following the finals on Sunday. Zizzo is even bringing his golf clubs so he can swing the wrenches with one of the team's marketing partners.

"We are looking forward to the warm weather and the sun shine," Zizzo said, as the temps in the Midwest have been steadily falling as winter and the offseason approach.

"I did bring my golf clubs and I hope to play a round on Monday afternoon with Kit DeAndre, a golf professional at Liberty Lakes Golf Course in Liberty Lakes, Washington. Why don’t I bring my clubs to every track? I never get a chance to play at home so I might as well play on the road."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Don Schumacher
Tags the strip, top fuel, zizzo