Originally created 11/21/02

Spotlight on Greg Zipadelli


HOMETOWN: New Britain, Conn.

LIVES: Huntersville, N.C.

JOB: Crew chief of the No. 20 The Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix for driver Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit.

2003 RECORD: 36 starts, three victories, 15 top-fives, 21 top-10s and more than $8,445,154 in earnings, counting post-season awards.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Married with one son ... Given most of the credit for Stewart's NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship because he kept Stewart's mid-season tantrums from tearing the team apart. Stewart calls him the "glue" that kept the team together ... Considers the most-rewarding part of the job being back in the shop, working with teammates on new cars.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Was hired by Joe Gibbs and Jimmy Makar, Bobby Labonte's crew chief, without meeting Stewart ... He won the 1987 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour with driver Mike McLaughlin and the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series North championship with Mike Stefanik.


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