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Disappointing E1 Exit for Zizzo at Big Go


zizzoINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 3 2018)  – Indy is Indy and losing at Indy hurts, regardless of the round. A loss in the first round at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway stings a little more, especially when the car has been quick all weekend.

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TJ Zizzo

That’s what TJ Zizzo and the team of the Rust-Oleum Rocket faced Monday at the 64th edition of the Big Go. Zizzo knew his E1 opponent, Blake Anderson, was dangerous. A part-time team, like Zizzo Racing, that has the NHRA’s new track prep figured out and has used that knowledge to earn two Wallys on the tour in 2018.

Alexander had a .010 second advantage at the line, but by the 60-foot mark, Zizzo had nosed ahead. By halftrack, however, the Rust-Oleum Rocket hazed the tires and began losing cylinders, handing the race to Alexander.

“Just a touch too aggressive,” said a visibly dejected Zizzo after the run. “It’s disappointing, is what it is. Maybe there was a point in time where at that age and stage of the game where first-round losses didn’t hurt this much. But it’s hurtin’. That hurts.

“We lost as a team at Joliet in the first round because we felt as a team in that round, we weren’t aggressive enough.We come here, different attitude, we were just a little too aggressive. So at the next event, we’ll find it in between. But it was a good weekend overall.”

zizz0Qualifying Results:
Q1: 4.514 seconds at 171.05 mph
Q2: 3.928 seconds at 289.63 mph
Q3: 3.812 seconds at 321.27 mph
Q5: 3.848 seconds at 319.90 mph

Race Results:
E1: 4.141 seconds at 214.35 mph (lost to Blake Alexander

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the Rust-Oleum Top Fuel team by checking out, Twitter at @ZizzoRacing, Instagram at @TJZizzo, and

zizzoAbout Zizzo Racing:
Zizzo Racing has been involved in drag racing at the top levels for more than 30 years. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill. and owned by Tony Zizzo, the team started racing in 1980 in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, moving to nitro with TJ in 2004 after earning his class license. In 2007, TJ Zizzo finished second in the final IHRA standings and now competes on a part-time basis in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

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