TJ Zizzo

JOLIET, Ill. – Chicagoland Speedway is the home track for TJ Zizzo and his PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel team, but all their racing has been at Route 66 Raceway, the facility’s world-class drag strip. This Saturday, the team will be part of a different motorsports experience as they will be featured on the midway for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race to promote the upcoming O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, July 7-10.

Zizzo is looking forward to introducing the nitro experience to NASCAR fans who may have never experienced what 8,000 horsepower feels like. The Chicago-area native plans on providing a first-hand tutorial at approximately 2:45 p.m. CDT when he will fire up his PEAK-sponsored rail.

“Cannot wait!” Zizzo said from his shop in Lincolnshire, Ill. “It’s going to be cool to meet NASCAR fans and bring them into our world and tell them what NHRA drag racing is all about and hopefully, create some new fans who will come out to Route 66 Raceway in July and cheer for us.

“It’s also going to be neat to be a part of their world and see what 43 stock cars racing around a mile-and-a-half oval looks like. Our entire PEAK Motor Oil/Herculiner team will be there and we can’t wait to be a part of this great experience. We can’t thank the great folks at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway enough for giving us this amazing opportunity.”

“We’re excited to give our NASCAR audience a taste of the NHRA drag racing experience this weekend in Champions Park,” said Scott Paddock, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway president. “TJ is an incredible ambassador for the drag racing community, and we’re thrilled to have him out here this weekend to engage with fans and fire up a dragster for all to see. The Zizzo team will deliver an exciting taste of what’s to come at Route 66 Raceway this July.”

Gates open at the track Saturday at Noon for a doubleheader of racing action with the ARCA Series race scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race expected to go green at 7. Both series will also qualify Saturday with ARCA on-track at 1:30 and NNS time trials kicking off at 3:35. For more information on Saturday’s racing, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway is only a month away, July 7-10. Zizzo, fellow Chicago native Tony Schumacher, and the rest of the NHRA Full Throttle Series will be on-hand to provide race fans with the nitro-burning excitement only the NHRA can provide. For more information on this event and for tickets, call (888) 629-RACE or visit them on the Web at Route66Raceway.com.

Stay connected with Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway at Route66Raceway.com, ChicagolandSpeedway.com, Facebook.com/Route66Raceway, Facebook.com/ChicagolandSpeedway, Twitter.com/Route66Raceway and Twitter.com/Chicagolndspdwy.

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK/Herculiner Top Fuel team by checking out ZizzoRacing.com, Twitter.com/ZizzoRacing, and Facebook.com/ZizzoRacing. Videos of TJ and Zizzo Racing can be found at YouTube.com/TJZizzo.

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