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Zizzo Racing in a Lone Star State of Mind

Top Fuel driver TJ Zizzo
Top Fuel driver TJ Zizzo

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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Racers race and when they don’t, they tend to get, well, cranky.

“It’s been a long time since Pomona,” said PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner Top Fuel pilot TJ Zizzo. “Do I remember how to drive a 300-mph fire-breathing beast?”

The question is rhetorical, but Zizzo Racing is champing at the bit to get back on the track. This weekend’s NHRA Full Throttle Series event at Royal Purple Raceway is just what the doctor ordered.

In years past, Houston and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals represented the team’s first race of the season. Zizzo Racing kicked off its 2011 campaign at Pomona this year, so it’s a hungry team with a race under its belt arriving at Baytown this week.

“The team is fired up,” Zizzo said. “This year we got our first race out of the way at Pomona. Because we don’t test, that first race of the season is nice to get out of the way so we can be a little more aggressive at the next event.”

In conjunction with this weekend’s event, Royal Purple Raceway and the Houston Astros have joined together for “NHRA Night at the Ballpark” Thursday night a Minute Maid Field. The Astros will face ten-time World Series champs and current National League Central leaders, the St. Louis Cardinals. Defending event Funny Car winner Matt Hagan is scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m. and a number of NHRA drivers, including Zizzo, will be on-hand for an autograph session.

-source: zizzo racing

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