I'm back!Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Maddie and Nick love going to the track to watch Grandpa drive.
He is almost ready!

First and foremost I would like to reintroduce myself. My name is TJ Zizzo and I drive the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster. I live drag racing 24 hours a day and that is why you have not heard from me in a few months. That may sound contradicting, but I will try to explain where I have been in the paragraphs that follow. It is 3 a.m. right now and I AM BACK!

I have been “off in the shunts” the past few months. If you are asking yourself, “What did I just read?” don’t be alarmed. A friend of mine, whom I have not spoken to in a while, said that phrase a lot. It basically means things are close, but not quite correct. He does not know it, but he taught me a lot when I was growing up at his machine shop working on my dad’s Top Alcohol Dragster. He is one of those guys everyone respected, but one day he just vanished. He sold his part of the business and walked away. From what I know, he and his wife set themselves up for a simpler life in Wisconsin.

Maddie and my mom cruising in the yard

Anyway, back to my story (Jack Beckman was telling me earlier this year that I have a tendency to jump around in my blog. Sorry, Jack, I am doing it again!) Recently, I noticed I have not been able to accomplish everything that I wanted to on a daily basis. I worked hard, but I felt overwhelmed. Finally, a week ago I woke up at 6 a.m. and I felt like myself again. My mind was clear and I was ready to rock and roll. 

I have come to the conclusion that I have worked hard my entire life. I was five years old when I painted my first Tonka Truck and I have not stopped since. I played hard as a kid and performed chores to my parents’ high standards. I worked long hours through high school and college. After I graduated from college, I continued the same work ethic. Although I will never admit it, working long hours can eventually catch up.

I was not physically worn out this time, I was mentally worn out. In my life, I have been physically worn out. That is easy: get a few good night’s rests and before you know it, you are back in the swing of things. This time I was mentally worn out. I felt like I needed a break. Although I did not physically take a break, mentally I was not as productive as I usually am. Thankfully, it only lasted a short time.

Right now, I feel better than ever and invigorated. I wake up alive and ready to take on my “to do” list (my Post It notes that are on my desk). I also noticed I am getting things accomplished again. My list of things to do is getting smaller and my mind is not as cluttered. I needed a little time to slow things up and reevaluate.

Positively speaking, we had another successful year. We qualified at every event we attended and the car ran well. We look like a million bucks! Dollar for dollar, I think we blow the competition out of the water.

Some of our team members feasting on a great meal from Taylor Shellfish Farms.

I had the pleasure working with great people this year. I have learned that if you surround yourself with better people than yourself there is no way to fail.  Speaking of great people, it was a pleasure working with Kenny Youngblood all year. He is great for the sport and his paintings speak for themselves.

Even through the last few months I have been overwhelmed, the truth is our team has made great strides. I apologize to all the readers that look forward to reading this blog every few weeks. I am back on track.

I can’t wait to get started for 2012. I also will make sure to conquer that Post It note that reads: BLOG! The last one was very worn out. It had been moved around my desk and onto my computer many times. That Post It even traveled across the US with me. I wish I had a picture of it to show you how worn out it was.

It feels great to write again. I really enjoy it and it is therapeutic. I may not be a perfect writer, but I write as I speak. I have learned to write a lot, then go back and edit when I finally exhausted all my thoughts for that period of time. I remember the first time I wrote a blog for NHRA, it took me forever. I was concerned about every key stroke. Now I just punch at the keyboard and go back and edit.

We are always promoting NHRA Drag Racing.

Make sure that you have two things under the tree this year for that special person in your life: a case of PEAK Motor Oil and a piece of art painted by Kenny Youngblood.

Things are progressing so watch out in 2012. ZIZ is back!

As a side note, my son just woke up and was calling for me. When I got into his bedroom, he said his neck hurt. I examined it and saw that the left side was really swollen. All the “things” I was concerned about while typing this did not matter anymore; my kid was the priority at that point. The internet is awesome. I Googled “swollen neck” and bingo, just a swollen lymph node.  I gave him a little Ibuprofen (pink yummies as my kids call them) and good to go. Piece of cake! Although I will be calling the doc when the sun comes up!

As always, try to keep up with me on: Facebook (TJ Zizzo, Zizzo Racing), Twitter (@TJZizzo, @ZizzoRacing), YouTube.com/TJZizzo, Zizzo Racing/Ebay.com, PeakAuto.com and ZizzoRacing.com.

God bless!