Sunday's Tony Stewart/Joey Logano post-race scuffle in Fontana, California grabbed national headlines and Greg Zipadelli brings an interesting perspective to the fracas. Zipadelli was a crew chief for both Stewart and Logano.
"Both are really good people, have great hearts, they love what they do, but they're human," Zipadelli said. "there's a lot of things that drives all of us. We're all different. One of Tony's fuses went off on Sunday a little bit, but from where I stand, I love when I see that passion. It's part of what this sport is lacking a little bit in some of these guys."
Zipadelli took advantage of the off week on the NASCAR schedule to visit Jud Kuhn Chevrolet and its block party and free concert to raise money for March of Dimes on Wednesday in Little River. Zipadelli is a co-host of Drop Zone TV, and displayed the program's new show car to help promote the hunting show that can be seen on the Outdoor Channel and WPDE-TV.
His full-time job is still in NASCAR as Director of Competition for Stewart/Haas Racing. Zipadelli oversees the three car stable of Stewart, Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick. It's been a slow start for the trio in 2013. Newman currently sits 20th in points, with Stewart 22nd and Patrick in 29th. Patrick captured the pole at the Daytona 500 and finished in 8th in her Sprint Cup debut and Newman scored a 5th place effort in the Great American Race. Zipadelli said that Stewart was ready to turn the corner in California with a top 5 car, but was blocked by Logano on a late restart which was the source of the former Cup Champion's anger when he confronted the #22 pilot after the race.