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posted June 18, 2001 06:09 PM
ALPIN HAUS AUTOGRAPH ALLEY ADDED TO I LOVE NY 358 MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP AT
JUNE 18, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY - Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for the Joe Gibbs Racing
Pontiac, driven by Tony Stewart, will be joined by two of the most
recognizable voices in auto racing at the Alpin Haus Autograph Alley at the I
Love New York State 358 Modified Championship at Lebanon Valley Speedway on
Thursday, June 28th.
Sharing the autograph table with Zipadelli will be Jack Arute and Mike Joy,
two of the most dynamic personalities in auto racing broadcasting today. Eric
Messier, a member of the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, has
expressed an interest in taking part in the night's activities but his
appearance has yet to he confirmed.
Zipadelli a native of Berlin Conn., is one of the main Northerners who have
found success on the Winston Cup Circuit.
His love affair with racecars began when he started working on his uncles
modified and became a familiar face in the pits at the asphalt speedways
throughout New England.
Since the late 1980's when he first took over as a crew chief, Zipadelli has
made a meteoric climb to the top of the auto-racing world. In 1988, he served
as the crew chief on the NASCAR Featherlite Modified of Mike McLaughlin, who
won five races and the point championship that season.
Two years later, when McLaughlin in landed a ride in the Busch North car
owned by Mike Greci, McLaughlin recommended that Zipadelli come along.
From 1990 to 1997, Zipadelli worked for a number of drivers including Team
Goewey owner Bryan Goewey, and in 1997, Zipadelli finally directed another
championship team, leading Mike Stefanik to the Busch North Series title.
In 1998, Zipadelli joined Roush Racing as a chassis specialist for Jeff
Burton's car, which finished fifth in the Winston Cup point race that year.
Zipadelli then moved over to Joe Gibbs racing in 1999, when Gibbs added a
second car and put Tony Stewart an open-wheel driver behind the wheel of his
Pontiac. Zipadelli helped Stewart win the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
title that season and in two years, the team has recorded nine victories and
24 top-five finishes.
Arute joined ABC sports in 1984, making his debut on the live telecast of the
National Championship Sprint Car Race on ABCs Wide World of Sports. He has
also served as a pit reporter for the annual broadcast of the Indianapolis
500 since 1984 and was the lead analyst for the coverage of the Pep Boys IRL
series in 1999.
Joy is one the most knowledgeable NASCAR announcers in broadcasting today.
He's served as the lead announcer for CBS and TNN Winston Cup coverage,
including the broadcast of the Daytona 500, and he's also been behind the
microphone for numerous network NASCAR telecasts. The Alpin Haus Autograph
Alley will be set up on the grassy area just in front of the ticket booths,
giving race fans easy access to the racing celebrities at the I Love New York
State 358 Modified Championship.
Following the autograph session, Zipadelli, Arute and Joy will join the rest
of the fans watching some of the biggest names in auto racing battling for a
top prize of over $12,000. The field will include Winston Cup Drivers Dave
Blaney and Tony Stewart. Stewart will be behind the wheel of one of the Team
Goewey Teo-Pro cars.
Advanced tickets are on sale now through the Speedway Ticket Office and
plenty of seating will be available the day of the show. Reserved seats are
just $22 with Adult General Admission $20. Kids under 12 are just "Five
Bucks!." Call the speedway Ticket Hotlines Today (518) 794-9606 or (518)