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Mon, 15 Sep 2003, 10:41 AM

Zizzo Earns Top Fuel License in 4.74 seconds, Next Stop is Chicago
Courtesy of Joanne Dawson





LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. --

T.J. Zizzo earns Top Fuel license.
Zizzo Racing has announced that they have joined the ranks of Top Fuel, and will campaign their Champion Packaging dragster in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

The well-known father and son team of Tony and T. J. Zizzo, both champions in their own right, have driven Alcohol Dragsters in NHRA and UDRA for many years. Just ten days before jumping into the Top Fuel ranks, the two Zizzos ran their Alcohol Dragsters side-by-side at Union Grove Racaway.

With just one half-track pass and two full passes, T. J. Zizzo completed the requirements to upgrade to a Top Fuel license at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. The runs Zizzo made were with the help of two very talented, experienced Funny Car tuners. Zizzo ran 4.939 seconds and an extremely impressive 4.742 seconds at 310.98 mph.

I was smiling when I climbed out of the car, said an exuberant Zizzo, and Im still smiling. These cars are so fast. In the alcohol car, I would think, here comes the finish line, Ill shut it off. In the fuel car youre past the finish line before you realize youre even there. It was the best high I could ask for. It makes me appreciate why we put so much time and effort into racing.

I cant thank my Dad enough for taking a lot of the bumps out of the road in my ten year driving career; and for believing in me and making sacrifices in order to make this dream come true. I sincerely want to thank Tom Pecora of Champion Packaging and Distributing for standing behind us during everything weve been through and supporting our Top Fuel operation. I also want to thank Motorola, Foreign Car Parts and PPG.

Zizzo will compete at the 3rd Annual Carquest Auto Parts Nationals in Chicago, Ill., September 25-28, 2003. The team will then return to the shop to re-group over the winter.

I think were going to lock ourselves in the shop and practice and practice and practice, said Zizzo. We all need to better learn how to do our jobs. When we emerge, hopefully we will have learned what it takes to attain better results.





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