Birthday: 4/21/67
Hometown: Berlin, CT
Residence: Huntersville, NC
Wife:Nanette
 
Children: Zachary, Elwina, Gianni
 
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Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli helped build a race team in 1999 that has become one of the most respected groups in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, The Home Depot Racing Team.  Zipadelli’s commitment to Joe Gibbs Racing, his team, his driver and his sponsor have made him one of the most respected crew chiefs in the NASCAR community. His mechanical skills, leadership and race day prowess have made him one of the most formidable crew chiefs as well.   As the new decade begins, Zipadelli looks to build on the successes of last year with 2009 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Joey Logano and once again guide his team to the top of one of the most competitive forms of motorsports in the world.  

The 2009 season was a season of challenges and change for Zipadelli and The Home Depot Team with the fresh-faced Logano behind the wheel of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota.  Zipadelli was no stranger to guiding young talent, and once again led his driver to the rookie title as he did 11 years earlier with Tony Stewart.  The Logano and Zipadelli tandem earned one win, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes despite NASCAR’s ban on testing which meant Logano would face the top drivers in the world at tracks he’d never seen.  Zipadelli’s experience played a key role in the team’s competitiveness and top-20 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings ahead of several seasoned veterans in the sport.

 

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Zipadelli once again proved why he is considered one of the best in the sport when The Home Depot Team visited victory lane for the 11th-straight season.  The race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track Zipadelli and Logano both consider their home track, was not going the way either had hoped in June.  After a spin, dropping a lap down and receiving NASCAR’s free pass back on the lead lap, Zipadelli made a gutsy call.  Being out of pit sequence with the field and rain quickly approaching the track, Zipadelli put his driver in fuel conservation mode as he inherited the lead on lap 264 after the rest of the field made pit stops.  The yellow flag was displayed for rain on lap 266 and he coached his driver to save fuel.  After running seven laps under yellow, NASCAR displayed the red flag and declared Logano, Zipadelli and The Home Depot Team victorious- keeping the team’s win streak alive. 

As Zipadelli prepares to lead his team in 2010, he will rely on a career of success that he started experiencing at a young age. Zipadelli was a championship-winning crew chief by the time he was 20 years old. The Connecticut-born Zipadelli and driver Mike McLaughlin captured the Whelen Modified Championship in the Northeast while recording five wins and 15 top-five finishes in 1988.  McLaughlin moved up to the NASCAR Camping World Series East in 1990, and Zipadelli followed.  The duo of McLaughlin and Zipadelli captured five wins in three seasons, as McLaughlin was named the series’ Most Popular Driver two years in a row. 

 

Zipadelli remained in the Camping World Series East after McLaughlin moved to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1994.  In 1996 Zipadelli began working with driver Mike Stefanik.  In their first year together, Zipadelli guided him to eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Just one year later, Zipadelli earned his second touring series title when Stefanik captured the Camping World Series East championship with two victories and 14 top-five finishes in 1997.

In 1998, Zipadelli headed south to join Roush Fenway Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup operation as the chassis specialist for the No. 99 team with driver Jeff Burton. Burton finished fifth in the Cup standings in 1998, winning two races and scoring 18 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. It took just one year in NASCAR’s top series before Zipadelli was back atop the pit box.

Joe Gibbs Racing entered into its eighth year in NASCAR in 1999 and formed a second team to build on the success it was having with driver Bobby Labonte and the No. 18 team. The Gibbs organization hired Stewart and Zipadelli to begin the No. 20 Home Depot Team to compete that season. The two cars finished in the top five in the championship point standings with Stewart winning rookie honors. Labonte would earn Joe Gibbs Racing its first championship in 2000.  Then, in just the No. 20 team’s fourth year of existence, Zipadelli and Stewart gave the organization its second championship in 2002 by a 38-point margin over Mark Martin.  The Zipadelli-Stewart pair earned three victories, two poles, 15 top-five finishes and never slowed down.

 

In 2003 and 2004, Zipadelli and The Home Depot Team combined to win four races, scored 37 top 10s and finished in the top 10 in the championship point standings for the sixth year in a row.  The following year Zipadelli and his crew visited victory lane five times with Stewart, including an emotional victory at the Brickyard 400, and earned the No. 20 team’s second NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.  During the 2005 championship season, the No. 20 Home Depot team put forth an average finish of 10th throughout the season and led more than 1,800 laps. Combine those stats with the fact that the Home Depot Car was running at the finish of 35 of the 36 races made the 2005 season the most consistent for the team and the perfect season for the “Chase for the Cup” format.

During the next three seasons with Zipadelli calling the shots, The Home Depot Team visited victory lane nine times and earned 36 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes. As Zipadelli and Stewart’s time together came to a close in 2008, the pair earned their 33rd and final victory together during the 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway in October.

Zipadelli and the team made great strides over the course of the 2009 season, and finished the season strong with two top-10 and five top-20 finishes in the final seven races.  With a year of racing under their belt, Zipadelli, Logano and the entire Home Depot Team are looking to make a run at the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Zipadelli makes his home in Huntersville, N.C., with his wife Nan, children Zachary. Elwina Sophia and Gianni.

 

 
 
 
 
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