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Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:04 am

•Zippy back with Stewart? hearing that Greg Zipadelli, currently the crew chief for #20-Joe Logano, could be headed to Stewart-Haas Racing in the future. Greg Zipadelli would take over as the crew chief for #14-Tony Stewart, who he won two Sprint Cup titles with [2002, 2005]. Current #14 crew chief, Darian Grubb, would move into Bobby Hutchens old position of director of competition. Hutchens and Stewart-Haas recently parted ways.(6-21-2011)


WOW.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:49 am

He's holding a news conference at Kentucky Speedway today...wonder if this will be what it's about. (Fingers crossed!)

He's also throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game vs. NY Yankees tonight (6/21), in Cincy. They said he'd be in the announcers booth for a bit - so anyone w/ Fox Sports Ohio access, may want to tune in!

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:03 am

I don't know that Zippy's "all that"...I recall many days where, with multiple attempts at adjustments, that 20 car ran mid-pack and never improved. Now, that being said, I wouldn't mind seeing him come back just for the fact that they seemed pretty broken up about the move and it'd be nice to see them finish out their careers together.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:22 am

rumors, rumors....but I'll throw my $0.02 in the bucket:

possibility of a 3rd crew chief to come to SHR and only 2 stables?
I wouldn't promote the one, but I'd demote another ;)

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:10 pm

jamo14 wrote:rumors, rumors....but I'll throw my $0.02 in the bucket:

possibility of a 3rd crew chief to come to SHR and only 2 stables?
I wouldn't promote the one, but I'd demote another ;)


Make Tony Gibson a tire changer on the 78 crew.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:40 pm

midwesternsmoke wrote:Make Tony Gibson a tire changer on the 78 crew.

Can TG be fast enough to get around to the other side of the car? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:44 pm

Dang...........KY. Speedway is 1 & 1/2 hrs from me. But I had too many errands to run today to even attempt to go if I could have gone.

If it is, he'll be with Tony & Darian will be with Danica.

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

Hate the thoughts of her in the stable. But that's me.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:53 pm

HiddenHollow wrote:
midwesternsmoke wrote:Make Tony Gibson a tire changer on the 78 crew.

Can TG be fast enough to get around to the other side of the car? :lol: :lol: :lol:


Lose some weight REALLY FAST wouldn't he??...... :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:58 pm

I'll put in my 2 cents also...This is all just speculation on my part, but what about Zippy to SHR as the new director of competition? I remember when Tony and Greg were talking about retiring together, Greg made some comment about wanting to eventually get off the road some in a few years as his kids got older. If this is still his plan, I couldn't see him coming on as a crew chief because of the time demands of the job, but maybe Director of Competition would be different...And it would be an enticing promotion for him...JMO

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:03 pm

I've never been a huge Greg Zipadelli fan, but with that said, he's infinitely better than Darien Grubb. This guy flat out stinks, and anything is an improvement.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:24 pm

•Zippy back with Stewart? hearing that Greg Zipadelli, currently the crew chief for #20-Joe Logano, could be headed to Stewart-Haas Racing in the future. Greg Zipadelli would take over as the crew chief for #14-Tony Stewart, who he won two Sprint Cup titles with [2002, 2005]. Current #14 crew chief, Darian Grubb, would move into Bobby Hutchens old position of director of competition. Hutchens and Stewart-Haas recently parted ways. Hutchins was Stewart-Haas Racing's Director of Competition and Stewart said they are looking for a replacement. Matt Borland was promoted to vice president of competition and is serving as Stewart-Haas Racing's interim director of competition. Stewart said recently that "once that position is filled, the director of competition will report to Matt."(6-21-2011)

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:48 am

I like Darian Grubb a lot, a whole lot in fact, and I don't think he's "terrible" by any means. That being said, I did say recently on here that there was only one guy I would consider trading him for. That guy is Greg Zipadelli.

I thought Bobby Hutchens would be an SHR lifer, so I'm not going to say I think Darian will be since I've already been wrong once, but I don't think Tony will completely dismiss him from the team. In fact promoting him to competition director could probably be a good thing for both cars.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:12 pm

It makes sense to make Darian comp director. He is an engineer so it would help both cars.

I believe Tony and Zippy have stayed close enough where they could have success again.

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:35 pm

Tony was to be at KY. Speedway yesterday as well as rumored Zippy. I have an article to read in MJ's blog http://www.stewarthaasracing.com/fan/circuit/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1254

Re: Zippy To Stewart-Haas?

Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:36 am

I could see Zippy with SHR as the third crew chief. Now that being said, Grubb would be with Newman, Zippy with Stewart, Gibson with Patrick if she came over as I don't think they would expect a lot out of her the first year. If she does not come over, then send him to the #78 team as crew chief.
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