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Born: 21 April 1967
Hometown: Berlin, Connecticut, USA

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Greg Zipadelli page on 4 January 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Greg Zipadelli (born April 21, 1967) is an American crew chief in NASCAR. He is currently the competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing. Zipadelli is most notable for being the crew chief of the #20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Tony Stewart and Joey Logano from 1999 to 2011. He has won 34 races and two championships in 2002 and 2005 as a crew chief. He and his wife, Nanette, have three children.

Zipadelli began his career in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series, becoming the crew chief for his family's team and immediately winning a championship with driver Mike McLaughlin in 1988, at the age of 21. When McLaughlin advanced to the Busch North Series in 1990, Zipadelli joined him, winning five races during the pair's four-year tenure together, and claimed another championship in 1997 as the crew chief for Mike Stefanik.

In 1999 he joined Joe Gibbs Racing, partnering with IndyCar Series champion turned NASCAR rookie Tony Stewart. Their accomplishments include the 1999 Rookie of the Year title, winning a rookie-record 3 races, three Chase for the NEXTEL Cup appearances, and two championships in 2002 and 2005. The duo of "Smoke" (Stewart) and "Zippy" (Zipadelli) currently have the longest crew chief-driver relationship in NASCAR. However, that relationship ended as of the 2008 season with Stewart's departure from JGR.

Beginning in 2009, Stewart moved over to Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the #14 Chevrolet. JGR Nationwide driver Joey Logano took over the driving of the #20 Toyota, with Zipadelli continuing as crew chief.

As of December 2011, Zipadelli moved to Stewart-Haas Racing to reunite with Stewart, but as competition director, not as crew chief. Steve Addington, also a former JGR crew chief, headed to SHR in 2012 to fill the role of Stewart's crew chief. It was later announced that Zipadelli would be a part-time crew chief for Danica Patrick in the Daytona 500 in 2012, with her later 9 races undecided. On October 20, 2013, Zipadelli filled in for Steve Addington as crew chief for the #14 of Austin Dillon in the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, as Addington's wife was giving birth.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
19 January 2004RacingJunk Joins Greg Zipadelli's Crusade For Kids Charity Snowmobile Ride As Event SponsorRaceway Media, LLC
1 August 2005NASCAR Media ConferenceGreg Zipadelli
7 August 2005NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Brickyard 400J.D. Gibbs
Tony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
18 April 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceTony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
2 August 2006NASCAR Media ConferenceCasey Mears
Tony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
29 July 2007NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Allstate 400 at the BrickyardJD Gibbs
Tony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
12 August 2007NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Centurion Boats at the GlenTony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
5 October 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Amp Energy 500JD Gibbs
Joe Gibbs
Tony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
28 June 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Lenox Industrial Tools 301Joe Gibbs
Joey Logano
Greg Zipadelli
16 December 2011Stewart-Haas Racing Media ConferenceGreg Zipadelli
23 January 2012Stewart-Haas Racing Media ConferenceSteve Addington
Matt Borland
Tony Gibson
Ryan Newman
Danica Patrick
Tony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
2 June 2013NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism SpeaksSteve Addington
Tony Stewart
Greg Zipadelli
7 August 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceMax Papis
Greg Zipadelli
12 August 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceAustin Dillon
Greg Zipadelli
19 August 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceMark Martin
Michael Waltrip
Greg Zipadelli
27 August 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceKurt Busch
Gene Haas
Greg Zipadelli


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