With frozen fingers, #FrankfortPete gets to sell Jimmy Fallon a truck
By Megan Platt Sun-Times Media April 3, 2014 3:22PM
Tinley Park resident Pete Porzio is one of 10 Ford salespeople appearing on ÒThe Tonight ShowÓ as part of host Jimmy FallonÕs ÒFingers on a 4X4Ó competition | Supplied photo
Updated: May 5, 2014 8:54AM
After 38 hours and 52 minutes, Pete Porzio, of Currie Motors in Frankfort, won Jimmy Fallon’s “Fingers on a 4X4” contest.
Porzio, nicknamed #FrankfortPete, on Wednesday beat nine other salespeople from across the country for the opportunity to sell “The Tonight Show” host a new Ford F-150 King Ranch.
Contestants were required to keep their hands on the truck for as long as possible. It was parked on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York, and the last one standing won the sale.
“I was up for 54 hours straight,” Porzio said. “How I did that, I don’t know. Determination and looking back at the posts and tweets of my family and friends — all that fires you up and keeps you going.”
The Tinley Park resident bonded early on with contestants Barbara Wilkinson, of New Orleans, and Wilbur Rouse, of Mooresville, N.C.
“We stuck together and shared advice and strategies,” Porzio said. “The representatives there were amazing individuals and great people. That was the best of the best that was out there.”
With temperatures in the low 40s at night, the contestants used the truck to hide from the wind.
“It got cold, especially that first night,” Porzio said. “It was so bad, the crew out there started to assemble some walls for an overhang. It took them four hours to put that up.”
He recalled getting back to his hotel room after the competition.
“The first thing I did was jump in a hot bath. Then, I slept for 17 hours straight.”
Porzio will appear on Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show” on NBC at 10:30 p.m.