September 23, 2011 7:27 PM, EDT
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- You don't have to read the want ads to know there's an ongoing search for a competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing.
At one point, Greg Zipadelli and Tony Stewart expected to spend their entire careers together as crew chief and driver, respectively.
"We had that plan once, and it broke, so I don't know," Zipadelli said Thursday when asked if a reunion might be in the cards.
Zipadelli spent 10 years as Stewart's crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing. They won Cup championships together in 2002 and 2005. But when Stewart left in 2009 as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, Zipadelli stayed at JGR, where he is under contract through 2012.
Despite the split, he and Stewart have remained close.
"Obviously, we're like brothers," Zipadelli said. "I still respect him. We talk all the time, hang out on weekends or Sundays off.
"We had the kids over there after Richmond on his boat out on the lake, so we're still good friends, and whatever he does I'm proud of him for it."
As to the job at Stewart-Haas, Zipadelli said, "I know -- I hear about it all the time."
From Stewart or from everybody else?
"All of the above," Zipadelli said.